I love to find unrestored cars at the Mecum auction in Indianapolis every year. Except for one repaint and possibly a couple performance tweaks to the 289 V8, this ’67 Galaxie 500 is just how Ford built it. That includes the combination of power steering and unassisted drum brakes, which seems odd now but was probably not that uncommon then.
The ’67 lost the wicked cool tail lights of the ’66. But the Galaxie two-door gained this great fastback roofline, so I call it a fair trade. I know design is subjective, but to my eye this gracefully flowing two-door body is the most beautiful of all the 1965-68 full-sized Fords.
This generation of full-sized Fords shared a platform, but you might never know it if you only ever saw the Galaxie two-door hardtop from year to year. The pillared sedan and two-door roofs carried over all four years, though. Even then, those squared-off roofs were made to blend well with the big changes in each year’s lower body, from the straight-edged ’65 (top), through the more elegant ’66 (middle), to this ’67, and ending with the fluid ’68 (bottom). Were Ford’s designers ever more on their game?
This car is painted in Sauterne Gold, but it looks more greenish-gray to me. When cars like these commonly roamed the streets, I didn’t think much of colors like these. But as an ambassador to just the kinds of cars Ford was building 47 years ago, it is just right.