It’s been a hot minute since we’ve featured a big, pre-1970s Ford on our pages, but that didn’t stop runningonfumes from uploading this 1966 Galaxie hardtop coupe to the cohort. And why not? It’s looker, with its flat black paint and absent hubcaps. This angle is especially flattering, showing the very straight shoulderline’s abrupt end at the double-stacked headlights. The Plymouth Fury was concurrently released with this ’63 Pontiac-inspired look, but in a Curbside Classic twist on “who wore it better,” I’ll give the Ford the nod (just this once).
For those who don’t know, it’s this generation of full-size Fords which established the company’s reputation for silence and smoothness. This coupe isn’t the “Quiet As A Rolls-Royce” LTD, but it wasn’t far off, and the Washington state climate, fair to rubber seals and structural components alike, ensures the continued integrity of that reputation. Climb inside that black vinyl interior, shut the door and pretend it’s 1966 all over again.
I’ll confess that the hood ornament threw me off. Not all Galaxies got them, and the LTD was the king of fancy trim. A lot of googling was required for me to be absolutely certain, especially with a lot of the car’s other trim no longer present.
I also know it’s not a 7-Litre, since the decklid trim on those cars was completely different. Unless this car’s original buyer chose a six-cylinder engine, this car likely has a 289 or a 390 V8. Hopefully the latter, the justify those brightly colored skulls in the rear window.
I managed to find a few pictures of Galaxie 500s with a hood ornament, and this white car is the polar opposite of our black coupe. The best way to capture a hardtop is with the windows down, after all, and in front of a plain off-white backdrop, it’s a very effective photo. The following year would see styling revised to catch up with Chevy’s “coke bottle” look.
This being one of the last Galaxies with straight lines, the plain treatment makes sense; I can’t imagine it looking as good on a 1971 Galaxie. The three bars at the base of the C-pillar are the major remnant of the car’s original ornamentation and they are absent in the photo above. See why pinpointing the car’s exact trim level was so difficult? Luckily, the owner’s choice of such a solid, smooth cruiser was rather easier.