Cohort Outtake: 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie – The Missing 1959 Ford CC

Seeing this single shot of a ’59 Ford Galaxie posted at the Cohort by Simon White reminded me theta we’ve never done a proper CC on the ’59 Ford. How did theta happen? It’s quite a story too, as it was very successful, almost outselling the all-new batwing ’59 Chevy. In fact, it would be the last time Ford sold more than a million full-size cars until barely squeaking past that milestone in 1969.

And there is the Galaxie, the new Thunderbird-roof top line model that was introduced sometime after the start of the model year. That’s a detail I had quite forgotten. Which helps explain why this car is badged somewhat confusingly as a Fairlane 500 Galaxie.

I’ve only ever found and shot one curbside ’59, this poor old Courier wagon that had been towed here briefly, and then disappeared. I did write it up at the old site, and thought about just re-running that one here, but my knowledge and feelings about the ’59 Ford have evolved considerable since then. It’s just not suitable any more.

So we’ll just have to wait until I or someone else finds a suitable ’59 Ford, a Galaxie coupe, preferably.