Galaxie Drop-Top: 1962 Ford Convertible

1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

At first look, I wasn’t sure about this one. There’s some surface rust showing and the seller states that the rear floors will need replacing, and there are a few other small holes. It’s located in Lima, Ohio and is for sale here on eBay, currently at $835 but with a reserve. Once I looked closer, though, there’s a lot to be said for this car. Highly optioned with air conditioning, power steering and power brakes, the car comes with its original transmission and originally had a 352 cubic inch V-8. Strangely, it’s unclear whether or not the original engine even comes with the car.

1962 Ford Galaxie Engine

But here’s why! There’s a “refreshed” 390 that comes with the car. Did all 390’s say “Thunderbird” on the valve covers, or is this engine special because of it? Between that and the options, I think this one’s worth saving; how about you?


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  1. Vincent Habel

    I don’t know Ford codes to tell what engine was in this but it has 390 flags on the fenders.

  2. pontiactivist

    Helped redo one just like this years ago. Not my cup of tea normally. Starting to grow on me though.

  3. David G

    My 64 T-bird was the last year that used “THUNDERBIRD”-stamped VCs on the 390. I believe those VCs debuted with the 61 Thunderbirds (390s being the standard and ONLY engine option for Thunderbirds until Ford offered the 428 as an option in the 66 T-bird). The 65 and later ‘birds sported “Powered by Ford” stamped into their VCs iirc. Whether-or-not your new 62 Galaxie 500XL optioned with a 390 engine would’ve come with the “THUNDERBIRD”-stamped VCs i don’t know – good question!

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