Sleeper: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7 Litre 4-Speed – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday


Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Listed just in time for Topless Thursday this was listed on Craigslist in Elwyn, Pennsylvania is this unique 1966 Ford Galaxie 7 Litre Convertible equipped with a console-shifted four-speed manual transmission for the asking price of $28,500. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Galaxie priced between the #2 “Excellent appraisal of $35,700 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $24,200.  

Ford introduced the second generation of its full-size Galaxie for the 1965 model year with an all-new design featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. Taller and more squared-off than the previous generation, the new top-of-the-line designation was the Galaxie 500 LTD and Galaxie 500 XL. The LTD and the XL trim package were accessory upgrades from the base Galaxie model. Engine choices were the same as 1964, except for an all-new 240 cubic inch six-cylinder engine replacing the 1950s-era 223 “Mileage-Maker” six and the 352 cubic inch V8 came equipped with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carburetor as standard equipment.  The redesigned 1965 models featured a new three-link system rear suspension equipped with coil springs.

For 1966, Ford introduced the Galaxie 500 7 Litre, fitted with a new engine, the 345 hp 428 cubic inch (7.0 Liter) Thunderbird V8, which is the example featured here.  This engine was also available on the Ford Thunderbird and the Mercury S-55. The police versions received a 360 hp version of the 428 known as the ‘Police Interceptor’ as police cars.  The Galaxie 500 would be the #3-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 27,454 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang (at 72,119, by more than 2:1) and by the Impala at 38,000.

While the Galaxie may have been the third best selling convertible in 1966, there weren’t that many 7 Litre versions of of those, we’re assuming very few came equipped with a floor-shifted four-speed manual.  If ever there was time to want an infamous Marti report, now would be it however, surprisingly this seller does not appear to have one for their car.    This appears to be a well-equipped, bucket seat optioned car that makes a nice “sleeper” alternative to other muscle cars of the same model year. Other than a presentable patina’s interior, the only flaw we notice is the convertible top which brings the difficult decision of replacing what may be the original with something cosmetically more appealing.  We would for the latter as a fully functional top minimizes the possibility of water damage if you get caught driving it in wet weather.  Otherwise, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7 Litre 428 Convertible 4 Speed CAR – RARE RARE!!!!

Yes a running and drive-able 4 Speed Convertible 7 Litre: (428ci – 4 speed) Motor was worked on about 3 years ago and runs great. Nice car overall and has its original 428 Engine with an original 7-Litre 4 speed toploader just rebuilt along with NOS Hurst Shifter, new clutch, pressure plate, bearings, flywheel resurfaced.

Drives and runs great. Very small rip in top (see photos) Car being sold as-is and where-is.

Please email if you have any questions or to schedule a look. NO DEALER PLEASE

Title clean and in hand.

Can help transport if needed via a u-haul open transport and my truck

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