This particular car was discovered recently with just 67,000 miles on the odometer. It was had been in the hands of the original owner for almost 53 years and is a true survivor car! It's a 1964 Galaxie 500XL 2-door Hardtop (also known as a Club Victoria) and was the best selling body style of all the Galaxies that year.
'64 was a great year for Ford. Their full-size cars had been awarded 'Car of the Year' by Motor Trend Magazine. Sales were up on the previous year which had also been a great year!
This Galaxie was built in Oklahoma where it stayed with the original owner until it was sold in 2006 when it ended up in Florida with its second owner.
The Galaxie, like other Ford cars, had a restyle this year although it was the final year for the 2nd Generation that had been introduced in 1960. A fastback style roof, more rounded lines, a new grille, new side spear molding and recessed rear panel marked the most significant changes to the car.
The Galaxie 500 was the top trim level for '64 with the XL version that offered bucket seats, and polished door trim panels as you see here.
Inside there is the ORIGINAL red and white vinyl interior and you'll just about be able to see there is also an AM radio which was an option at the time.
Under the hood is the original 352 cubic inch engine (a 289 was the standard V8 that year). Producing 250 horsepower it is paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission - a combination that would have cost the original owner a further $392 when they ordered the car.
The Galaxie proved to be a very popular car (understandably) and just the Galaxie 500 2-door hardtop sold 58,306 for the 1964 model year. This figure includes both the six cylinder and V8 series. In total a massive 593,533 Galaxies were sold.
The base price of a Galaxie 500 XL 2-door hardtop bought new in 1964 would have cost $3,233. In addition to the engine and transmission option mentioned above, the original owner of this car also opted for an AM radio at $58 together with power steering and brakes costing $86 and $43 respectively.
This Galaxie 500XL is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)