V.I.S.I.T. – 1965 Ford Galaxie


That’s a tree trunk, not a creepy dude behind the wheel.

A few months ago, this car showed up on the street just around the corner from my house. It hasn’t moved much, but I can tell it’s driven from time to time. I’d like to meet the owner one of these days and talk to him more about it. In a way, it’s ironic that this classic piece of American steel sits unmolested for weeks, when the family next door to us had their ’90-something Integra stolen right from their driveway on Friday night. Yeah, the neighborhood is going downhill fast. Anyway, I decided to capture this Galaxie last week on my way home from the store. I hope you enjoy.

What’s that sexy beast lurking in the background? It’s my Focus!

We’re not playing Where’s Waldo like we do with olelongrooffan’s Comanche; I’m just trying to get a decent shot! This is one of my favorite Galaxies; it’s just the right size, and the proportions are good.


Maybe I’m showing my red neck a little, but I think the white trunk lid against the blue fenders isn’t half bad.


This is a terrible shot, but I wanted to include pictures of all four corners. Also, this shows you how the lighting can change so quickly here, and with a damp street, the glare can kill a decent picture. We need to start a buy Marcal a less crappy camera fund.

Over to you: what do you think of this Galaxie? Would you drive it?

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14 responses to “V.I.S.I.T. – 1965 Ford Galaxie”

  1. salguod Avatar

    I like it. These always looked like bruisers, even when new and unscathed.
    There's a gold 4 door here in Columbus I've seen a couple of times on the freeway, including this morning. Alas, I have a new phone and couldn't get it to take a picture, but I plan to send it in once I nab a shot.
    It looks like someone's daily driver, considering I saw it both times on one of the the busiest freeways in town (north outerbelt) at rush hour. It sports NASCAR style meaty black steelies and looks rather menacing in traffic.

  2. CEMaine Avatar

    My first car was a 66 Galaxie 500. Tired 289. Painted pumpkin orange with a sponge it seemed. Bought it in 1985 for $100. One sweet ride

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    I've owned two '65 Galaxie two-door hardtops, each equipped with a 390 and a Cruise-O-Matic. Remarkably solid cars. My brother now has one of the two, the one with working windows on both doors. I once got pulled over in the one with a broken window mechanism in the driver's door (permanently up); fortunately the officer was sympathetic and, in fact, not particularly surprised.

  4. boxdin Avatar

    These were my favs after the less than esthetic 64 model imho

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    As a Volvo guy, I'm all in on this one. Good proportions, simple, laid-back stilling and, yes, the clay model prior to this might have been created using an axe. Ticks all my car design boxes and though I'd prefer a similar vintage station wagon, obviously, I would definitely drive it.
    Can imagine myself in my 20 minutes-winding-mountain-road-trip to work every morning. My mouth actually waters. I do the trip in an appliance now, and will not be able to have a fancy car anytime soon – but hope is there. 🙂 And on a distracted side note: The season's first RVs start to appear on said mountain road. That's the worst thing with summer, white boxes going 50km/h, urg.

  6. mike england Avatar
    mike england

    Mdhardall; I wonder, based on this comment: "'65 Galaxie two-door hardtops, each equipped with a 390" if you had the same problem I had with my 66 Mercury Montclair when I first got it. I've heard all the 65 and 66 fullsize FoMoCo offerings that came out as hard tops or convertibles had a boxed frame that is particularly susceptible to salt. My frame was cut through above the rear tires – the only thing that kept the trunk from falling off was the fenders.

    1. Wolfie Avatar

      Here in Mi. they are almost all like that,nice body and rotten frame.

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      Couldn't say. This was in Oregon and Washington, so no salt.

  7. scoudude Avatar

    Hondas in general are some of the most stolen cars there are and Integras are particularly popular. Lots of demand for the parts from people that don't mind where they came from. The parts from the Ford on the other hand are worthless if you plan to trade them for drugs or use them for your Civic.

    1. sporty88au Avatar

      Yet another reason to daily-drive a classic car.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Any Civic would be greatly improved with that front clip.

  8. Paddy81 Avatar

    This was one of my favourite car…a few years ago! <img src="http://2.s05.flagcounter.com/count/1Jx/bg=FFFFFF/txt=FCFCFC/border=FFFFFF/columns=1/maxflags=1/viewers=3/labels=0/&quot;;;;; alt="Free counters!" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> <img src="http://2.s03.flagcounter.com/count/tcRC/bg=FFFFFF/txt=FCFCFC/border=FFFFFF/columns=1/maxflags=1/viewers=Visitors/labels=1/&quot;;;;; width="1" height="1" border="0" />

  9. mdharrell Avatar

    No, I had those Galaxies long before the Metro; my brother has owned the good one since the '90s. Along those lines, however, my Maestro ended up being a replacement for my '37 Plymouth and my HMV Freeway was a direct trade for my former '74.5 MGB.
    I do still have a '59 Galaxie….

  10. Spring-heeled Jack Avatar
    Spring-heeled Jack

    Love these 65s, perfect proportions, perfect wheel arches, perfect grille, perfect roof line. and, that small ledge at the belt-line you can rest your elbow on with the window down. Every car designer working today should have a picture of this at their desk.

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