BF Auction: 1962 Ford Galaxie 500

Asking: $2,500Make Offer

  • Seller: Bob L ehman
  • Location: Stanley, New York
  • Mileage: 91,244 Shown
  • Chassis #: 2E62X144760
  • Title Status: Clean

This 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 proves that there are still excellent classics hidden in barns waiting for enthusiasts to liberate them. It has been off the road since 1986 but is complete and begging for restoration. It could be ideal for someone seeking a project with a DIY approach, and it could be a practical alternative for someone with a growing family. The owner feels it deserves a second lease on life, listing the Galaxie with us at Barn Finds Auctions.

Ford introduced a new generation of the Galaxie in 1960, which saw the end of the fins that had dominated late-1950 styling and a significant reduction in chrome trim. I rate this generation as my favorite to wear that badge because Ford hit the mark with a vehicle that looked low, sleek, and classy. This 1962 model has been sitting for decades, but its condition seems surprisingly good. The original Chestnut paint is tired, and a cosmetic refresh will undoubtedly form part of the revival process. However, one surprising factor is the lack of visible significant rust. I can identify developing spots in the lower driver’s side front fender and both rear doglegs, but the remaining lower extremities and the section around the back window look solid. Another encouraging sign is the lack of visible corrosion in areas like the engine bay. Deterioration in this area often indicates deeper problems, but it is remarkably clean. The panels sport a few minor bumps and bruises, and surface corrosion is emerging from under some trim pieces. None of these issues look significant, and I see nothing that would require panel replacement. Most trim pieces will respond positively to some work with a high-quality polish, but the bumpers beg for a trip to the platers. The glass is excellent, with the overall impression being that this could be a relatively straightforward restoration.

Ford’s X-Code 352ci V8 sat second in the V8 engine range offered to 1962 Galaxie buyers. That is what hides beneath the hood of our feature car. The new owner also receives a three-speed automatic transmission and power assistance for the steering and brakes. The 352 produced 220hp and 336 ft/lbs of torque, and while that doesn’t make this a muscle car, it could get moving fairly rapidly if poked with a sharp stick. However, the engine’s greatest strength is its flexibility, with its torque peaking at around 2,000rpm. That makes overtaking at highway speeds effortless. The owner indicates that the Galaxie has been parked since 1986, and it is safe to assume that was the last time the V8 fired a shot in anger. However, it turns freely, raising the possibility that a fuel system flush, a carburetor rebuild, and some basic maintenance might see it spring back to life without costing a fortune.

The surprise packet with this Galaxie is its interior. Once you look beyond the fact that it requires a deep clean, the list of replacement items needed to lift its appearance significantly is short and relatively affordable. It includes seat covers, a carpet set, and a dash pad. I performed a brief online search, which uncovered suppliers stocking the required items with an outlay of under $1,500. However, I must stress that my search was brief, and I believe spending more time investigating the matter could reduce that figure. The door trims are free from rips and other issues, the dash is excellent, and there are no visible aftermarket additions. This is another aspect of the build that the winning bidder would find rewarding to complete.

There is much to like about this 1962 Ford Galaxie 500, especially for an experienced enthusiast willing to be hands-on or someone seeking a first project candidate. Its generally sound nature provides many options worth considering. Restoring this classic to its former glory would be rewarding. However, mechanical revival and general preservation would make returning the car to active service an affordable exercise. That could be an achievable short-term goal, with other work occurring as the winning bidder deems necessary. It deserves to be brought out into the light of day after decades in hibernation, and you could be the person to do that. Are you up for that challenge?

Bid On This Vehicle

High Bid: $1,900 (Reserve Not Met)
Make An Offer
Ended: Nov 22, 2023 10:15am MDT
High Bidder: roarindan
  • roarindan bid $1,900.00  2023-11-22 09:56:58
  • Miller4life
    bid $1,700.00  2023-11-22 09:55:05
  • roarindan bid $1,600.00  2023-11-22 08:51:39
  • Miller4life bid $1,500.00  2023-11-22 08:48:31
  • roarindan
    bid $1,400.00  2023-11-22 07:03:18
  • Miller4life bid $1,300.00  2023-11-22 04:51:51
  • roarindan bid $1,200.00  2023-11-21 20:20:57
  • Miller4life
    bid $1,000.00  2023-11-21 02:11:57
  • roarindan bid $250.00  2023-11-20 09:11:10
  • Miller4life bid $100.00  2023-11-19 18:14:56



    This thing will turn some heads as it takes up both lanes and totally ignores the honking.

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  2. David Hartman

    wondering about the reserve. Seems like a good place to start.

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  3. ashley

    what does the frame look like is is rusted out

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  4. misterlou Member

    Looks like the mother of all of mouse nests in the trunk.

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  5. Tony

    Chestnut was a great color on these. This could be a fun project.

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  6. brian simmons

    Good parts car or yard art!

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    • Guy chiaro

      I’m only an hour away, l would have to inspect this one in person.

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  7. Kirk M Stankiewicz

    passengers side front hubcap is from a 50’s oldsmobile

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