Original and Immaculate: 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan

With their ongoing growth in popularity, finding a solid classic station wagon project car is always a positive experience. However, finding a really clean and original survivor that is ready to be driven and enjoyed is akin to striking gold. That is precisely what we have with this 1972 Galaxie 500 Country Sedan. The car is spotlessly clean and would suit the person who is unable to undertake a restoration project for whatever reason. The clean and crisp Ford is located in Little Elm, Texas, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has now reached $2,125, and with the reserve having been met, it appears that someone is about to become the proud new owner of a really nice classic.

Finished in Light Green Metallic paint, it is pretty hard to fault the external presentation of the Country Sedan. The owner claims that the paint is original, and if this is true, then it has survived remarkably well. The only thing that I can really notice is that it appears that at some point in its life, the car has worn adhesive bodyside moldings, but these must have been removed. You can actually still see the plastic ends for these present on both front fenders. Otherwise, it just all looks to be really neat and clean.

The interior presentation of the Ford is equally as impressive as the exterior, and there really is little for the new owner to do but to enjoy their new toy. If I can find any faults, it is that the carpet in the front is looking a bit worn and faded in spots, but this certainly doesn’t rate as a deal-breaker to me. The Country Sedan is also fitted with air conditioning, but the owner feels that this might require a recharge due to the fact that it now doesn’t blow as cold as it used to.

The Country Sedan is no lightweight, so was always going to need a decent engine to get it up and moving. In this case, what you find is a 400ci V8, that produces 172hp. You also get a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. The owner says that the car runs and drives as well as it did in 1971, and given the overall condition of the car, this is a claim that I don’t find to be at all surprising. If you are a person looking for impressive performance, this probably isn’t the car for you. With a weight of 4,581lbs, this really is a heavy car. With 172hp at its disposal, it would be capable of dispatching the ¼ mile in around 19.2 seconds, while 0-60mph would take around 12.7 seconds. These figures aren’t particularly impressive, but if you want to channel your inner “Clark W. Griswold,” and cart the whole tribe and a pile of luggage clear across the country, then there probably wouldn’t be a much better vehicle for the job.

When I was younger, if someone had told me that classic station wagons were going to develop a strong following, I would have thought that the person making that statement had lost their marbles. Today, I’m more than happy to admit that I was wrong because these classic wagons really are quite cool and practical vehicles. The simple fact is that we will probably never again see an era in automotive manufacturing where a company takes on the development and production of a full-sized station wagon, and that’s where vehicles like this come into their own. They fill a need not just in the classic sector, but there are still people looking for wagons like this one as a daily driver. This one really looks like it is in extremely nice condition, and I think that I might keep an eye on the listing just to see what it sells for. You never know, someone might snare themselves a real bargain.

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Comments

  1. Gaspumpchas

    Beautiful. Fix the a/c, fill it with kids and go for ice cream!! Good luck to the new owner!!
    Cheers
    GPC

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  2. Ken

    I would have to agree. They’re definitely cool. I’m glad to see they’re gaining the respect and following they deserve.

    Like 10
  3. bobk

    Hey mom! I found your car. Well, ok, it’s not YOUR car, it’s got a dinky little 400 ci instead of the 429 that dad bought yours with. But, everything else is correct.

    My dad always bought the biggest engine available for Mom’s wagons. Ever go flying down Kansas 2 lane highways at triple digit speeds? My siblings and I have,…..in the back seats,….many times.

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  4. Don Diego

    Then there’s that 194x Lincoln teaser in the red barn.

    Like 5
  5. Gunner

    Dad had one exactly like this only silver with blue interior when we were kids. I remember a trip to Yellowstone and I was in the back by myself. We had so much gear that it was stacked inside to the top. This did not allow my Dad to see me. I was sitting on the tailgate outside holding on to the luggage rack as the wind blew thru my hair at the age of 11 or so. Everything was great until the cop pulled him over for me hanging out the window. Good times and great memories! :)

    Like 12
  6. TimM

    I saw that Lincoln too!! The galaxie is quite impressive!! Super clean and ready to take the family to the beach!!!

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  7. Ken Carney

    Had a ’73 model and loved it! Mine was gold with a tan(?) Interior. I too had a 400 V-8 and C-6 tranny. Bought it off a co-worker for $275 in 1980. I recall going to pick up some family members
    on Christmas Eve to celebrate the Holidays. We had 10 people in that car
    when it was rear ended by a gentleman
    in a brand new IH scout. No one was hurt and we drove my car away under it’s
    own power, with only a small dent on
    the right side tail light housing. The Scout wasn’t so lucky. The grille and front fenders were smashed in and the
    radiator was pushed into the water pump
    and had to be towed away. I can tell you
    firsthand that these cars were tanks and
    that accident proved it. Wound up selling
    it to a friend for $250. Like me, he certainly got a good deal when he bought
    the car from me in ’81. This thing would
    never run out of uses around our house.
    Nice daily driver though.

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  8. Raymond Smith

    Don’t let the low for today horsepower rating worry you. These things produced almost 300 ft/lb of torque at a low 2200 rpm. I have driven these back in the day. You will have no problem merging on the freeways and keeping up with traffic just about anywhere.

    Like 9
  9. TimS Member

    All that green. Yummy. I’m not a Ford guy usually but gimme.

    Like 3
  10. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    One of my “bucket list” cars and what a beauty! I’ve owned a ’72 Galaxie 500 2-door sedan since 1995 that I acquired from the original owner and I’d love to park this Country Sedan next to it. Same interior color as mine but with a lighter green exterior. I started out with full-size Fords and while I’ve had true muscle cars the big Fords are my favorites. While the 400 doesn’t have a lot of muscle, it should be more than adequate for cruising around in this big family hauler. I’d seriously consider this if I didn’t recently pick up a ’64 Fairlane.

    This wagon is in outstanding condition and should bring good money by auctions end.

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  11. CJinSD

    The auction is now over seven grand with three days to run.

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  12. JohnMK

    Full size early ’70 Fords are special to me. In 1975 I was 16 and my best friend was 17. He just got his driver’s license. His father gave him his 1971 Ford LTD Brougham 2 dr hardtop. It was dark green with a black vinyl roof. Fancy brougham interior with the high back front seats and fully loaded. He asked me “what do you think of it?”. I said something like “Wow! I love it.” It was pretty cool ride around in this luxury Ford and hang out at Carvel ice cream and Duhernal Lake that summer and the summer after that. Then my friend traded it on a car that wasn’t memorable. I loved that big ’71 Ford and to this day I’m always searching the ads for one just like it. Haven’t found it yet but ya never know!

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  13. Ted

    If you have never driven a Ford with a 400M plan on spending your kids inheritance on fuel. ;)

    Nice car, real nice car. Magnum 500’s and that’s all it needs.

    Like 1
  14. Jeffrey Auch

    As we cruise into our 50s and 60s many of us learned to drive on these behemoths. Found memories of packing friends in wagons and going to the Wellfleet Ma drive in.

    Like 1
  15. ICEMAN from Winnipeg

    1970s. Parents house at 1280 Dominion Street, Winnipeg. Just down the back lane, there was a 1940s Lincoln just like the one in this picture under a tarp. There was also a late 40s early 50s MG. At the time, they were just junk. My parents had a house built in 1970 at 1280 Dominion. The previous house and garage were bulldozed over. In that garage was a Model T. Everyone thought it was just junk at that time.What a waste !! Can’t blame parents though, as who would have thought a few decades later that Model T would be worth a lot of money? They did check into it’s value before the dozer ran over it, they were told it was scrap metal.

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    • Little_Cars

      Model Ts and MG TC/TD were throwaway cars by the 70s unless someone really babied them. Even so, never the most valuable anyway….ROI on some flat-lined in the next decade. “Worth a lot of money” is all in the eyes of the beholder I suppose. Now, that white Benz 190SL coupe that I saw one day in a shed and bulldozed the next will always haunt me from my days as a newspaper boy.

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  16. Richard Gugenberger

    nice ride , my parents had a 1970 in red 390 v8 , this car is a time warp !!

    Like 2
  17. JoeNYWF64

    That dash & steerin wheel look almost perfect. Blue would be best.
    HUGE brake pedal.
    Silly place to put the HVAC controls.
    I wonder if you could have gotten a tachometer with the biggest motor or even a 4 speed manual in a big wagon! Nah. lol
    Odd that GM could not build an a/c compressor like this to hang on the front of the motor to free up the sides for ez access to spark plugs & wires.

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  18. sg

    I daily drove a ’72 Squire (same model with woodgrain trim) for several years and it was every bit as good as a modern car. AC, PW, good brakes and plenty of room. The worst thing about this generation of full size Fords is the “fuselage” dash layout. Its darn near impossible to reach the heat or wiper controls without. contorting yourself around the steering wheel…not easy to do while driving.

    Also – closely watch the background of any late 60’s through mid 70’s movie and you can almost always spot at least one Ford Country Squire wagon, if not several. I’ve made a game of it LOL.

    One of these even made it into an episode of Star Trek Voyager with Captain Janeway behind the wheel.

    Like 2

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