Reader Terry J, who hails from Oregon, found us this beautiful ’64 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback for sale here on craigslist in the great town of Eugene (home of the University of Oregon Ducks).
With an asking price of $10,000, as Terry points out, you would be hard pressed to replicate this car if you started with any old barn found or used Ford of similar vintage for this kind of money.
With a ton of pictures, this is a pretty good ad. And what amazes me, if true, is that this car still has its original paint. Pretty nice looking for 50+ years old. The seller says the car has about 100,000 miles on it, numbers are matching, and it has an original interior that is still looking decent. While the 352 engine it features is by far not the most powerful engine you could get in the full size Galaxy, it still has enough get up and go to be a fun driver.
This seller is the second owner, so either he or the original owner added the reverse chrome rims and baby moons, and perhaps also some work to lower the front and/or raise the rear a bit, for a classic raked appearance. It has certainly been well cared for all its life.
At least based on the pictures in the ad, the condition of this Ford is really amazing, and if it runs and drives, and has no rust, as claimed, this is a real find for someone. As of this writing, the ad’s been up nearly a month, so at least for Eugene, it’s priced too high for the market. Maybe that 352 engine isn’t desirable enough to make it a fast seller.
For us east coast folks, finding an original car in this sort of condition is virtually impossible, but the distance and cost of shipping change the buying equation, unfortunately. This is not a particularly rare car, it seems, with 206,996 of this model built (another 58,306 Galaxy XL 2 doors were also made in 1964), but it is really nice in black with a red interior, and it’s doubtful there are many left that are as original and well kept as this one.
Still, it sure seems like someone should grab this car, continue to keep it garaged and cared for, and drive it regularly to have some good old fashioned sixties car fun. This car really does look like a fine driver at a reasonable price.