AJ's Car of the Day '64 Ford Galaxie 2-Dr Post Sedan

Car: Ford Galaxie 2-Dr Post Sedan

Year: 1964

What makes it special: Model year 1964 was the fourth and final year of this body style of Ford Galaxie. Interior trim was altered, and the exterior featured a more sculpted look which was actually designed to make the car more aerodynamic for NASCAR. The formal-roof "boxtop" style was no longer available, all non-wagon models now featuring the "fastback" roof design that was the runaway best-seller in 1963. The base 300 was replaced by a line of Custom and Custom 500 models.

What made it famous: For 1964, styling was more sculptured and busier than the straight-lined 1962-63 models. The 289 continued as the base V8 and was standard in the XL series. Federal regulations now required lap-style safety belts for both front outboard occupants. The ignition switch was moved from the left side of the steering column, to the right, but otherwise the attractive instrument panel remained unchanged from '63.

Why I would want one: It's one of the most attractive of the early 60's Ford models, and it had a nice choice of V8 options available.

Fun fact: The 427 cu in V8 engine was used in 50 lightweight fiberglass-equipped cars for drag racing. These competed in North America but were still too heavy and Ford introduced the lightweight Fairlane Thunderbolt.