Curbside Capsule: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Custom Sedan


(first posted 7/26/2016)     Wikipedia lists over 170 different cognitive biases. For some inexplicable reason the CC effect is not mentioned among them, and yet I just can’t seem to escape it at the moment. No sooner had I written up the 1968 Chevrolet Impala Custom Sedan than I came across another custom-bodied US giant.


Our 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 custom sedan ute may well be a one-of-one production. This model year is one of my preferred Ford shapes, so we’re starting off on the right foot. Let’s have some fun with a forensic examination of its origins.


Firstly, it’s not a Ranchero. The fullsized versions were a 1957-59 new vehicle shopper opportunity only, after which it was drastically downsized. The Falcon-based 1965 Ranchero was in fact the pony (carrying) car of the Ford commercial range.

wagon range

Not a Sedan, you might say. Well, Ford (and others) tended to use the term loosely. The Country Sedan was the mid-range option for the 1965 fullsize wagon range, beneath the woodnerful Country Squire and above the newly-refullsizified Ranch Wagon.


Not a Custom either, one could posit. Ford also had dibs on that name, using it in 1965 for the lower-caste Custom and Custom 500 two- and four-door fullsize variants. They even had their own exclusive tail lights representing the global trend towards aesthetic minimalism, but our featured CC doesn’t share those lenses. Nor does it show any direct lineage from the wagons with their own exclusive narrow versions.


The rear lenses and the tailgate shutlines on our featured CC show a strong hint of upper-range two- or four-door body.


And the profile completes our examination. Galaxie 500 badging on the front quarter panel, and short door indicating four-door origin.


Some retroactive cross-pollination in the mix?


Here’s a closer look for anyone interested in attention to detail. External hinges and latches probably a financial necessity. Rear window looks to be from a four-door. Rails are a nice touch.


It’s not the first time one of these oz 65 utes has been featured on CC. A couple of years ago Paul featured this shot by DingleyDave from the cohort.


I prefer the roofline on the silver ute. I think the real weak point of today’s CC is too much slope on the rear window plane. If it were up to me, I’d make that angle a bit more upright. And I’d probably lengthen the doors a smidge. Not the whole 1965 Ford fullsize two-door door-length, mind.

Further Reading

65 Custom by Paul Niedermeyer

65 Galaxie 500 by JPCavanaugh

65 LTD by Paul Niedermeyer

57 Ranchero by Paul Niedermeyer

64 Ranchero by Mike Butts