No Reserve: 1964 Ford Galaxie 500

Jamie PalmerBy Jamie Palmer

This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 2-door fastback is characterized by the seller as a “complete rolling project.” What’s surprising is that the opening bid is $1.00 (no, that’s not a typo) and there’s absolutely no reserve. You can view (0r bid!) on the auction here on eBay. This beautiful “ol’ car” is located in the heartland of America in Wichita, Kansas. And I wish it were in my yard!

As you can see, this car is probably still wearing it’s original paint–or what’s left of it! And what a beautiful shape! This is the “fastback” version that was so beautiful on this generation Ford (yes, I’m biased, I’m a Ford fan). And while the body has some dents and dings as well as some rust, it doesn’t really look too bad. I’m not naive enough to think bidding will stay this low, but I wonder how high it will end up?

You can see the worst of the rust here in the rear quarter panel. The seller tells us that the quarters and under the driver’s door are the worst areas for rust, and that the floors surprisingly aren’t rotted out. You can find the right hand side rear panel here, and I’m pretty sure you could uncover a left side without too much trouble either. And here’s the rocker panel, ready to install.

And, as you can see from this shot, the floor is pretty decent. I’m guessing the majority of this surface rust will clean off easily and some POR-15 or a similar product will keep it that way. I certainly wouldn’t be looking to replace any of it! What a pleasant surprise–an old, inexpensive classic that¬†doesn’t need a new floor welded into place! Actually, the seller does state that there are “3-5 small” holes in the front floor pans, so some localized welding will be needed.

So what can we learn from this VIN tag? Well, according to this helpful site hosted by the SoCal Galaxies Car Club, this car was manufactured in the Twin Cities, was fitted with a 352 cubic inch V8 and a four barrel carburetor, was painted Skylight Blue (it still is) and had Medium Blue and Light Blue Diamond Lustre crushed vinyl interior, with a three-speed manual transmission.

Look at this great looking engine! I believe this is the original engine based on what we know, and that air conditioning compressor means that an aftermarket compressor could be substituted and a conversion to R134 would mean you could actually get it charged and functional. Yes, I’m thinking ahead. I might just have to bid on this car–unless one of you beats me to it! Will you be the one?

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  1. KEN TILLY

    Sometimes I really wish I lived in America. Great survivor.

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  2. Dave at OldSchool Restorations Dave at OldSchool Restorations Member

    back then, most of us GM carguys laughed when Ford called these “fastbacks”…

    . come to think of it, we still do….

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    • Kevin

      Well, definitely more of a fastback than any 64 impala

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  3. Joe Haska

    I am the one, I bid $101, and I am prepared to go higher if necessary, maybe even 4 digits!

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  4. Chebby

    Now that’s a brave way to do an auction! Leaving the beer can in the photos is a headscratcher….

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  5. Dave

    My buds dad probably threw his part on this unit.
    He worked at the TC Ford plant then.
    I had two ’64’s in my yoot, one was a “Rustem 500”
    Good looking cars.

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  6. Dave

    I own an XL version of one of these. The “fastback” they have is definitely better than the standard pillar ones for sure. I didn’t look hard enough, and may be wrong, but the rear bumper is probably rusted to death.

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  7. pat k

    neat car…the cool dad in our neighborhood had a white xl500 convertible with red interior. It really was a great looking car. back then he traded in cars every 3 years….for a olive green mustang 2+2….that one had an 8 track in it…..WOW

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  8. tje

    I had one of these – but I had a 390, man is sucked gas, but that was probably due to my right foot.

    It was a good car in the snow, amazingly…

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  9. Troy S.

    Great lines, one of fords better ideas. I’ve always liked the early 60’s super stock cars with their bare bones appearance and hairy drivelines. Even though this an average powered car like most were my first thought was 427 Galaxie!

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  10. junkman Member

    352 is no slouch, these cars look big but go fairly well. I blew off a firebird 400 with my 65 Galaxie and surprised even me. Then the frame thing became an issue and the 67 tempest convertible looked more appealing.

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  11. madbrit

    I don’t mind the ads but these audio pop-ups which cause the page to jump about are just too much. It was virtually impossible to scroll and read this story and very hard to type this as the page kept resetting to the ad position.
    I am just about done with this website if this continues….. Shame as I enjoy the cars and comments but today it is getting to be too much trouble.

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    • kman

      I turned on the pop up blocker and have absolutely no problems. If a web site says I need to allow pop ups, I leave it never to return again.

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      • madbrit

        Thanks for the suggestions. My blocker is turned on. I scanned for malware and rogue programs too.
        The offending ad appears between the “list your car here” and the Categories list box. Today I am getting the video along with a shot of audio at full volume every now and then which is just as annoying.

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    • GP Member

      The best thing that worked for me was to become a member and all that crap went away. Just a thought..

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  12. Rustytech

    well there is a lot of rust. This is going to be a major project, but easily done. Loved the 64 Fords. I had one of these with the 390 ci engine and 4 speed years ago. It too was baby blue, and had blue bucket seats and a console. I’d love to have this, but am still months from finishing my current project. If this stays under $4000 somebody’s going to get a bargain IMO.
    Madbrit, you might want to check your browser, I had no pop ups, nor any screen jumping issues.

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  13. Randy W

    If your going to bid on this ford, read the add and look at the photos. It’s not stick
    shift it’s a fordamatic. If it had the 390 engine I would probably bid on it myself. The 352 engines had a bad problem of over heating.

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    • Kevin W

      I’ve owned many 352s, they did not have an overheating problem.

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  14. Todd Zuercher

    I was brought home from the hospital in a ’64 Ford like this, although it had a 289 and an automatic. Mom’s second car. It finally got too unsafe to drive after about 10-11 Ohio winter’s worth of salt so Dad pulled the bits out of it that he wanted to save and it was left at the corner of our driveway for the scrap man to pick up.

    Ever the car guy, even at a young age; my 6-7 year old eyeballs spied it, flattened like a pancake, go by on the back of a truck a few days later. 40+ years later, the car lives on with its seatbelt material covering some metal strapping to form makeshift door pulls in my ’69 Bronco.

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