SportsRoof 351 V8! 1970 Ford Galaxie 500

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From the late 1950s and into the 1970s, the Galaxie 500 was Ford’s top-selling car (except during the early Mustang years). It was a full-size family car with a level of trim that was comparable to the Chevrolet Impala. This 1970 Galaxie 500 is a barn find from California and is a project that runs but hasn’t been on the road since the 1980s. Located now in Lumberton, Texas, the seller had the vision to create a restomod racer out of it, but the next owner can apply one of his/her own. Available here on craigslist, this Ford is offered at $6,700. Another cool tip from T.J.

The SportsRoof was a fastback styling treatment that Ford used on its Galaxies, Torinos, and Mustangs for a time. For the upper series, it was optional on the Galaxie 500 in 1969-70 and standard with the Galaxie 500 XL unless you ordered a convertible. The Galaxie 500 (and XL) SportsRoof had rear sail panels to simulate a fastback roofline, but that shouldn’t have had any impact on the cubic capacity of the trunk. It was a popular body style, with more than 50,000 of the 500s built in 1970 along with 27,000+ XLs. That was about half the production of the more formal roofline also used on the Galaxie and LTD models.

Our seller says this is a rare and almost impossible to find automobile but the sheer number of them produced would suggest there are more out there than he believes. It’s mostly rust-free except for a corner of the trunk and some may be brewing in the rear quarter panels. The seller removed the bench seat and automatic transmission shift column with plans for bucket seats and a console, of which the buckets he has will need reupholstering, but the console is new.

This Ford has its original 351 cubic-inch Windsor V8 that is said to crank but that’s as far as it goes for a car that’s been dormant for most of 40 years. The Galaxie has factory air conditioning, and we assume the hardware is still in place. There is no title for the Ford, so a bill of sale will have to suffice. The seller will entertain a trade for a solid pre-1972 muscle car, pre-1979 4WD truck, or even a parcel of land. What have you got he may want?

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  1. 8banger 8bangerMember

    Well any car would be difficult to start if the ignition cables aren’t connected along with a broken plug or two…

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  2. Rosko

    IMO, the design looks dated from the front, more like a 1966 model than a ’70.

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    • BoatmanMember

      I was thinking 1968. Had to go look, as I have never seen a ’70 with that nose.

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      • Jeff Boyd

        I was thinking exactly the same. The front end looks almost identical to the 1968-69 Fairlane/Torino. Maybe that’s why I absolutely do not remember this car?

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  3. Bud Lee

    Do the tools on the breather come with the sale ?

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  4. Bunky

    Always liked these. The bucket seat/console upgrade is a good idea. Think poor man’s XL. 👍🏻

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  5. Barry

    I had a blue one with a white vinyl top. A 2 door with a 390. Bought it new in early 1971. It was loaded and listed for $4427! I paid $3250 for it. Funny how you remember those things!

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