No Reserve Auction of Family For(d)tune!

Any Ford Fairlane or Galaxie lover within striking distance of Roanoke in Southwestern Virginia… or the Internet… will not want to miss the online-only auction of one man’s cherished Blue Oval collection. This 1963 Ford Galaxie XL 500 Convertible, with its 390 cid (6.4L) V8, console-shifted, automatic transmission, and black interior, looks ready for top-down leaf peeping on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Bidding started 30 September and runs through 20 October. Check out the auction home page here at If you’re thinking it’s a little thin on information, a mere list of years and models (more than we sometimes get), click BID ONLINE NOW for detailed descriptions.

This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Two Door Hard Top packs a non-original 390 motor mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It’s not perfect but certainly tidy and ready to enjoy. Bidding sits just above $6000. Disclaimer:  a fellow car guy asked me to spread the word on this auction. The late owner of these fine Fords frequented the area’s car shows and cruise-ins. Open your heart and your wallet during this No Reserve auction to benefit the late owner’s family.

Beneath the hood of this all-black original 390 car lurks a mighty 427. Yet another four-on-the floor car, this 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Two Door Hard Top has drawn bids above $7000, but I’ve seen a fully dressed 427 go for $17,000.

I’m no expert, but this motor at least resembles this 427 from 1964 in distributor position, stand-off water pump, and the contours of the intake manifold mating surfaces at the head and block. That giant Accel Supercoil suggests a late ’80s or early ’90s build.

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Two Door Sedan demands to be noticed. Like most of this collection, it’s stock-appearing and nicely done. This one actually needs exhaust but not much else. However, pop the hood and behold the (obviously) non-original 429 cid (7.0L) V8. The two-tone (60% original) paint, fabulous trim, and big-inch sleeper motor helps this Ford stand out in a sea of tri-five Chevrolets. Bidding has barely eclipsed $2000!

Another 390 four-speed car! What a great combination in a 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner Two Door Hard Top. The red-and-white interior features a bench seat, an interesting (but not uncommon) companion to a floor shifter. Transporting two female colleagues in my floor-shifted bench-seat F250 some decades ago created an awkward moment; I had to apologize as engaging reverse put my hand in a position normally off limits until at least the second date. Getting back to the Galaxie, though… did I mention the 390 is topped by three deuces? Bidding has yet to top $6000.

A shiny new Holley carburetor tops the non-original 390 on this 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Two Door Hard Top, and the Wimbledon White shines brightly, yet bidding still sits below $8000.

One of two more ’57 Fairlanes in the auction wears a red and white scheme inside and out. The other one is black and red. Bidding on both sits between five and six grand. These and more await the savvy buyer; which one is your favorite?


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  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    The collector certainly knew what he liked, and built his collection accordingly. I like the turquoise 64.

    Todd, humorous remembrance of your F250 and the long throw to reach reverse.

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    • Ken Tilly UK Member

      I bet it happened accidentally on purpose each time he had to select reverse! What a marvellous collection of Fords. No Tri Five can hold a candle to any of these Fords IMO.

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      • Dave

        Try doing that with a baby car seat in the middle position! My 77 F150 had the creeper 4 speed with reverse to the far right and against the seat. With the baby seat and an infant I had to watch I didn’t trap his leg between my hand and the seat.

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  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Being lucky that I am not brand loyal to any manufactuer, Blue Oval, Bowtie or whatever. I hope everyone else gets how important these cars were and still are. I would enjoy any of them. I will add that the black and white 57 Fairlane 500 is in need of a bubble gum machine.

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  3. Troy s

    All great cars here, always loved the early Galaxies. My obvious choice would be the black one, all 427 cubic inches of it. Starliner is interesting, but didn’t they make one in ’60? I remember one in the movie Hollywood Nights that really grabbed me.
    The 429 powered ’57 sure makes for an interesting ride, throw on a raspy sounding exhaust and enjoy. What a collection.

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    • Troy

      Hollywood Knights was a great movie!

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  4. Lance Nord

    I’ve got a soft spot for the ’63 Galaxie since that was my first car and I owned another one shortly thereafter. I’ve always dreamed of owning a 63/427 but unfortunately, that dream won’t be realized with that black beauty. I surely hope it goes to a good home.

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  5. Bob McK Member

    What a collection. So sad his family does not want them. Hopefully each will find a good home. They are ALL beautiful.

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  6. Dave

    Truth be told, when the first Arab oil embargo hit people were giving these cars away. A lot of history became junk overnight as gas became scarce and doubled in price.

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  7. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I like em all. But the rag top grabs me by the short hairs. Anyone who can afford this collection and the warehouse to keep them in, I doubt his family is short on money. Still these cars should not be under sold.
    God bless America

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    • Steve R

      Don’t bet on it. Many families, even with substantial assets are cash poor. Business owners and farmers especially, when an estate is settled the money has to come from somewhere. Family members are under no obligation to keep all or part of a collection, it’s their choice and nobody else’s. Nobody on this site has any idea if some cars were kept by the heirs or it the deceased left instructions to sell them all.

      As for value, who is supposed to be in charge, it takes a lot of time and effort to clear an estate and get top dollar. Family members rarely have the time or even knowledge to do so, that can be a full time job in many cases.

      Steve R

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      • Dave

        True that! Some items are easy to pin a value on by watching fleabay auctions for a few weeks and drawing an average. Other items are far more difficult.
        30 years ago the daughter of one of a local ham radio club’s members asked us to clean his gear out of the house. I videotaped myself while I tested each item. None of it worked. The club got $1500 for all of it.
        A month later, Daughter Number 2 shows up with a lawyer claiming that she was cheated out of her inheritance.
        The videotape ended the dispute. Never again!

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  8. z28th1s

    I got to view all of the cars last weekend as the auction company was cleaning them and taking pictures for the auction.

    3 cars were actually sold by the family before the auction company was consigned. They sold a ’39 Ford coupe, ’40 Ford coupe and a 63 1/2 Galaxie 500 fastback.

    All of these cars appear to be solid, but are definitely not show cars. In my opinion the maroon ’63 convertible is in the best condition of all the cars.

    My favorite is the red ’61 Starliner. My dad had a green one with a non-original 406 and a 4 speed when I was 12 years old. That car was supposed to be my first car, but he lost his storage location when I was 14 and had to sell it.

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    • Dave

      Getting greedy family members to agree on a “fair price” can make herding cats look like a cakewalk!

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  9. Gaspumpchas

    Just my $.02 on the 427- think that version used a mechanical advance distributor, no vacuum advance? Beautiful collection- hope these cars get into good hands!!

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  10. TimM

    Beautiful collection of classic big Fords with big block motors to move them!!

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  11. ccrvtt

    From what I see this guy was a real car lover. Lots of modifications to the engines, some liberties taken with hubcaps and wheel covers, and they all look like they were driven.

    We were a Ford family from 1957 until 1965 so these babies are the stuff of my memories. Only one thing stands out – there are very few padded dashes. I know they don’t age well, but I remember more of the upscale cars like Galaxies seemed to have them.

    It’s a nice collection. I hope these cars go to people who will drive them and share them.

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  12. Joe Machado

    Love cars from 56-57 thru 61. Starliner, Love both 60-61. 63, love them.
    Din din in Carbondale, Illinois now. Couple hundred more miles late tonite, Sat. Charlotte, NC Sunday nite needed.

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  13. Mitch Ross Member

    Sadly, collections like this will be popping up for sale more frequently as Baby Boomers pass to their eternal reward. Their kids usually have zero interest in the old junk.. My AMC collection will probably be up for sale in 15 years if my kidd dont call a scrspper to haul them away first

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  14. JBP

    The blue 64.. cool interior…. Sad for the Ford guy, there now is gone.. now other must take good care of them…hopefully..

  15. Del

    Nice cars. Every one of them

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  16. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Make mine the Starliner.

    Seldom was a car with a roof made which had such a nearly panoramic view like a convertible might. And although I’d prefer the ’60 version for the tail lights, this one would do just fine.

    I hope that each car finds a nice home and a solid future. My respects to the deceased collector.

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  17. Chuck

    The Ford “FE” engine series used in cars, consisted of engines in the following displacements: 332ci, 352ci, 390ci, 406ci, 410ci, 427ci, & 428ci. They all looked basically identical from the outside. The only way to tell the difference was by casting numbers, except the 427ci engine. It had cross bolted main bearing caps on numbers 2,3,& 4 main bearings. These cross bolts were visible from the outside of the block. The black ’64 “427” also has the correct factory high performance cast iron headers. Is it a “427”, only a good inspection would tell !

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Thanks for the follow up Todd, interesting prices.

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    • Ken Tilly UK Member

      Thanks Todd. it’s great to know what’s happening on the other side of the pond.

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