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390 V8! 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL Club Victoria

The 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Club Victoria was the top of the Galaxie line. The pillarless hardtop was the epitome of style that year and this one is no exception. It’s listed for sale here on eBay where bidding has already hit $10,000 but the reserve is not yet met. Middlebury, Connecticut is the home of this car until the end of the auction. Thanks to Larry D. for sending in this great find!

The ad states that the car is showing 98,000 miles and that it hasn’t rolled over. The body is said to be rust-free and the pictures certainly look like it. We’re not told anything about the chrome, but it sure looks nice in the pictures. Based on the serial number from the auction ad, the car was produced in the Twin Cities, Minnesota plant and was originally equipped with a 390-cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor. Apparently, it’s still in place!

The interior is either very nice original material or very good reproductions. I’m guessing not everyone will be thrilled with the red-on-red color scheme, but seeing as I’m an N.C. State graduate, can you really have enough red in your life? I think not!

The pretty cool bucket seat interior with the center console was only fitting to Victorias. Pretty darn snazzy, especially for 1962!

Underhood looks pretty nice, albeit not all original–if that is the original 390 engine, it was rated at 300 horsepower! I believe someone has upgraded the brakes to a dual-circuit system (I couldn’t find any original cars that weren’t single circuit) for safety. Perhaps they put discs on the front as well? The seller states they drove the car 190 miles last week, and that apart from a small exhaust leak the trip was trouble-free. What do you think about this top-of-the-line car? Have you driven a 1962 full-size Ford? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

Comments

  1. Stanley J Gudmundson

    We get great information about these cars but sometimes there is nothing said about the transmission. Could you please always add that? Thank-you.

  2. Timothy Rudzinski, Sr.

    I bought my first car in 1969 and it was a ‘62 Galaxie four door sedan. I had to replace two generators in her three years running. Aftermarket ones if I recall. Overall a good car!
    My next door neighbor had a red-on-red ‘62 Convertible as his first car. I rode in the car once after an ice storm in my city and that wasn’t fun. No issues though. Beautiful car!

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  3. T. Mann Member

    There was a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL in my family when I was a kid.
    I thought it was Very stylish…
    But what is a Club Victoria?
    How is it different from a 500 XL?

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    • tiger66

      A non-XL ’62 Galaxie/Galaxie 500 Club Victoria would lack the bucket seats and console of the XL. Victoria was Ford’s term for a pillarless hardtop and Club Victoria was the 2-door (the 4-door was the Town Victoria). Ford dropped the Victoria name after 1962 but revived it with the Crown Victoria sedans that came much later and had no relation to the ’55-56 Crown Victorias.

      IIRC, the XL trim level was introduced in midyear ’62. I thought these were very cool when I was a kid, especially with the 406.

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  4. T. Mann Member

    Ford Club Sedans do have a B pillar.

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  5. JAMES

    I have 4 galaxies and love them all. Rarest is a 62 convertible M code. 390 tripower 4 speed. Original.

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  6. Robert Woodward

    I had this exact color combo on my 62 500XL 406 6 pack car. I had it when carsike this were cheap in the early 1980’s I traded my way into it via my 69 Road Runner 383 car. My RR was a boring green column shift automatic and the Galaxy was this red with red interior. The Galaxy was featured in Car Craft magazine prior to my ownership. I remember racing a 1980 Corvette with a “show blower” and smoking it while I had 4 guys hanging out of the side windows motioning for the Corvette to hurry up while we were “walking away” from the Vette at 90mph. Sadly that car was very high profile and someone vandalized it by dropped nuts and bolts down my carburetor which danced on the valves when I started it. Not having the expertise to repair the damage I traded it for a 73 Road Runner with the 400ci truck motor. At least it still had it “meet meep” horn…….

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  7. Darren

    That’s the same engine that came in the Thunderbird. I’m surprised the valve covers don’t show that,if that’s the one that came with the car.

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