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AJ's Car of the Day '67 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
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Car: Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Ford's Galaxie model was built for the years 1959 to 1974. The name was used for the top models in Ford's full-size range from 1958 until 1961, in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race. The Galaxie was the high volume counterpart to the Chevrolet Impala.

What made it famous: The Galaxie line received the "stacked headlights" look beginning in 1965. Little else changed, except for trim and the styling; the same engines were available, from the 240 cu. inch six-cylinder to the 428 cu. in V8. Modifications to the styling included adding a major bend in the center of the grille and making the model less "boxy" than the 1966 model. An 8-track tape cartridge player became an option. Back-up lights were standard. For 1967 all Fords featured a large, padded hub in the center of the plastic steering wheel, along with an energy-absorbing steering column, padded interior surfaces, recessed controls on the instrument panel, and front outboard shoulder belt anchors. Another safety related change was the introduction of the dual brake master cylinder used on all subsequent Galaxies.

Why I would want one: Another car in my family growing up. We had the fastback model, and with a 289 V8 and a three-on-the-tree column shifted manual transmission, that car could light the tires from a standing start like no other. A treat my dad would demonstrate for me time and again. Loved that car!

Fun fact: For 1967, the 7 Litre model no longer carried the Galaxie name; it was to be the last year of it being separately identified.  

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