Tropical Turquoise: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible – SOLD!
November 10th Update – While gearing up our latest Topless Thursday features, we confirmed the private seller of this pretty Ford Galaxie 500 deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re now able to call this one “Sold!” This one may have 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
Ford’s Mustang was the company’s only big news for 1965 as the firm also launched an all-new full-size Galaxie line. Touted as the newest design since 1949, the distinctive boxier styling featuring stacked headlights proved to be a radical departure from the prior jet-age-inspired generation. While this vintage of Galaxie tends to blend in when painted a more traditional color, this Tropical Turquoise over tan example listed recently on Craigslist in New Staton, Pennsylvania is a real standout. Offered at $19,000 or best offer, researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Galaxie priced between this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $22,500 and its #2 “Good” appraisal of $14,200. Similarly, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms this private seller has his full-size Ford priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $22,100 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $15,700. We do note Hagerty’s values declined ten percent over the past year; we’re not sure why that’s the case, but might be a point for negotiation.
Ford’s 1965 Galaxie was an all-new design, featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. The cars were taller and bulkier than the previous model. 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 cu in (3.9 L) six-cylinder engine replacing the 1950s-era 223 “Mileage-Maker” six and the 352 was now equipped with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carburetor.
Suspension on the 1965 models was redesigned. Replacing the former leaf-spring rear suspension was a new three-link system, with coil springs. Interiors featured a new instrument panel, as well as two-way key vehicle access: the introduction of two keys was for valet parking, where the rounded head key would only open the trunk or locked glove compartment, while the squared head key would only unlock the doors and the ignition.
This vintage Ford Heritage video summarizes the company’s full-size lineup for 1965:
This is a full-sized classic Ford that really stands out from most other examples with its stylish paint job. While the already-detailed engine compartment will make it easy for you to get ready for next year’s car show season, our only concern is the use of a blanket on the bench seat of what’s described as the original interior. Hopefully, the seller can provide more detailed pictures of that to give you perspective on what may be needed there. Otherwise, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Classic ford 500 convertible, very nice condition, Turquoise and white.
This classic car is in excellent condition and looks SHARP on the road, at the car shows AND in front of your home.
352 Engine … All original interior! Paint job beautiful. Recently installed new double brake booster.
You must review all the photo’s provided to get a feel / idea of this Classic Car. 19,000.00 OBO.
Phone number will be provided to serious buyers. Leave your name and Number in Email. Thanks!“
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