Last week’s photo showed the front of a 1965 Ford Galaxie. By the way, the 1966 big Ford looked similar, and some readers guessed that year’s model.
Several readers guessed other years, too, but the winner was chosen from those who knew it was a 1965. Chosen randomly was Robert Blake, of North Augusta, who said:
“Ford came out with this all-new design in 1965. It was a design of straight lines and chiseled edges, and it was a handsome car. Unfortunately for Ford, that same year, GM also introduced completely redesigned full-size sedans in all five of their divisions.
“The problem for Ford was that while their design was nice, the GM cars brought softer, more rounded shapes with curved glass side windows as well as fastbacks and a Coke-bottle shape to the side views of their cars. The GM cars looked revolutionary while the new Fords looked dated.
“Ford quickly moved to introduce softer more rounded corners on the 1966 models as the larger GM company had managed to set the styling direction for those years. Ford’s design studios continued to chase that design course with more and more curves and fastbacks as the ’67s and ’68s were brought to market.”
Blake wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Also identifying the vehicle were:
AIKEN: Don Cook
AUGUSTA: Norman Lewis: “This week’s car looks like a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. You can’t tell from the photo but they came in 2-door and 4-door models with a hardtop coupe and convertible. The exciting engine for this car was the 428 V-8, but a 240 six was available for those who wanted it. An all around beautiful car.”
Heather Mueller: “It’s a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL.
Lee Casey: “I believe it’s a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. My mom had a ’69 XL model with a 429 V-8 that would fly.”
Walker Mobley Jr.: “The ’65 Ford was the first year for the stacked dual headlights. This vertical configuration was used through the ’67 year models. With the introduction of the ’68 year models, the headlight configuration returned to the horizontal, or side-by-side, units that was used last on the ’64 year models and earlier models. I’m sure there were many other changes in the ’65 Ford cars as well, but the headlight configuration in this puzzle was the key for me.”
Lowell Fritsche: “The giveaway for the 1965 Galaxie is the grille. The ’66 was about the same but the grille had a division in the middle of it.”
Gary Engen: “This car came out the year I graduated from college, and my eyes were steadily on the auto market for something to replace my tired worn-out 1960 Ford Falcon. The 1965 Galaxie was a new design, featuring those vertically stacked dual headlights. The top-of-the-line that year was the Galaxie 500 LTD, which could be equipped with the 289-cubic-inch small-block V-8 with dual exhausts and a four-barrel carb. That model was tempting but I skipped the Ford and opted for even more of a muscle-car, the new Pontiac GTO. Too bad I don’t still have it today!”
Wayne Swann: “That’s a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. I remember going on the test drive with my dad before he bought it. Obviously, not a classic, but it had nearly 300,000 miles on it before I gave it away some 20 years later.”
Gerald Byrd: “A family friend bought a two-door hardtop 1965 Galaxie brand new, with a 289 automatic. The lady loved it and said that car was always so beautiful when the windows were down, and of course, with no air conditioning, they were down a lot.”
Also, Marsha Newton, Ramon Walters, Bill McZilkey and Sammy Whitfield.
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson: “Automotive styling trends come and go. In 1965, the styling trend was stacked headlights. Pontiac had them since 1963, and for 1965, Cadillac, Plymouth, Ford, Mercury and even AMC with the Rambler Ambassador all fielded new styling with this feature. And then just as quickly, by 1969, everyone had returned to placing the headlights horizontally.
“A fellow I worked with years ago brought his father’s 1965 or 1966 Ford Custom 4-door sedan over here to Georgia from the family farm in Alabama after his parents had passed on. It was just basic transportation; no power anything and a three-speed manual shift on the column. I am not sure it even had a radio; most likely it would have been of no use in rural Alabama back then anyway. The car was no show car. It showed its wear well as a 35-year-old daily driver and it was still seeing regular use last time I talked to him.”
EDGEFIELD, S.C.: William A. Corley: “The make and model of the car pictured is a 1965 Ford. My parents had one.”
EVANS: Bill Harding: “I was lucky enough to have had a ’66 Galaxie 500XL convertible. I had to get by with the base 289 V-8 coupled with the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic. It was huge by today’s standards. With the seat all the way back to accommodate my 6-foot-4 height, there was sufficient back seat room to comfortably fit another guy my size. It was quiet and smooth on the highway. Gas was around 35 cents a gallon, so fuel economy wasn’t much of a concern. I think the ’66s were the best-looking full-size Fords ever produced. The trunk was cavernous, too.”
Larry Heath: “This was when models were significantly changed each year and the year could be easily identified without looking at details. A wide variety of body types were available, including sedans, hardtops, convertibles, and wagons. Engines ranged from the basic in-line six-cylinder up to the 427 V-8 with two four-barrel carbs. A car could be ordered and options chosen individually. Cars could be personalized to your exact specifications.
“This was a large car that had a smooth ride and decent performance. My acquaintances during this period preferred intermediate autos such as the Ford Fairlane.”
Wayne Wilke: “The car is a 1965 full-size Ford, probably a Galaxie. 1965 was the first year with the stacked quad head lamps. My first new car was a 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop with a 289-cubic-inch V-8. That car strongly resembled the ’65 model. I kept it for nine years; it was nice-looking and an all-around great car.”
Jeff Brown: “I think the car in the picture is a 1965 Ford Galaxie. Very similar to the Ford Fairlane.”
Also, Paul Perdue, Jerry Paul and Ted Shelton
GROVETOWN: Charles Slechta guessed the 1968 Plymouth Fury sedan, which also added vertical headlights.
HEPHZIBAH: Leo Bennett: “Good-riding cars.”
Also, John Williams
JOHNSTON, S.C.: Kimberly Moreno
KEYSVILLE, GA.: Glenn Widner: “Ford upgraded the suspension for 1965 with three-link coil replacing leaf springs. This helped Ford dominate NASCAR racing with much better handling. Ford could now get all the power from its powerful 427 engines to the ground and leave Chevrolet, Dodge and Plymouth wondering what’s going on.”
LAKELAND, GA.: Paul Carter
LOUISVILLE, GA.: Bob Holbert guessed the 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone.
Also, Jimmy Marshall
MCBEAN: Robert Lamb: “The 1965 Galaxie was the second car I ever owned. The over/under headlights give it away.”
MARTINEZ: Christopher C. March Sr.: “This was the third generation of the Ford Galaxies: 1965-68. The engines ranged from a 240-cubic-inch to a 428. All V-8-powered Galaxies had SelectShift automatics.”
Lloyd B. Schnuck Jr.: “The full-size, top-of-the-line Galaxies were made from 1959-74 … Models and trim ranging from Custom to the top-of-the-line Galaxie 500/LTD. Our family had three in the series, a 1959, a ’63 that I eventually took to college, and a ’68, all sedans with lots of room and reliability.”
Jim Muraski: “This was the first year Ford added the LTD moniker to the top of the line model Galaxie 500.”
Cheryl Cook: “Around 1974, I had a baby-blue 1967 Galaxie 500 convertible that I used to deliver the Augusta Herald around North Augusta. It was a blast throwing those papers with that top down on sunny days! All around fun car!”
Also, Perry Badger
NORTH AUGUSTA: Butch Bone, Wayne Leslie and Wesley Roundtree
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson: “Easy one this week – 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. I think this was the first Ford with the vertical headlights. The Lincoln Continental had them in 1960. Both Ford and Plymouth put vertical headlights on their full body cars for 1965.”
THOMSON: Shannon Saxon
TIGNALL, GA.: Gene Wilson: “This was a nice car.”
WAYNESBORO, GA.: Terry McClennon and Willie Thomas
NO CITY LISTED: Margaret Kiefer: “I knew the Pinto (in a recent contest) because I had an orange-and-white one, but it took my son, Chris Kiefer to identify this week’s 1965 Ford Galaxie 500. He drives a Ford pickup and is a big Ford fan.”
Also, Jesse Dantignac, Phillip White, Johnny Smith, Wanda Williams, Jim Hinnant, Willie Rogers and Bill Cooksey.