1969 Ford Galaxie – $3000

“This 1969 Galaxie is in very good condition for it’s age. It has a 390 V8, C6 auto, PS, PDB, & a 9 inch rear end with 78,000 miles. It runs great and is air cared. Was a daily driver for the 2nd owner. The car has it’s original paint & only rust in the left rear quarter panel behind the wheel well. The dark green interior is good except needs front seat recovered & dash is cracked. Comes optioned with a rare 8 track which works great. Please phone Jason at 778-772-3651 if you have any questions or need some other part.”

Even in the as-yet short history of this blog, it already feels like the Ford Galaxie is quickly becoming a favourite. Cheap, robust, plentiful, and obviously long-lasting, the gigantic and quintessential Ford populates Craigslist like a Blue Oval-adorned cockroach, rearing it’s sometimes-ugly head in everything from coupe to sedan to convertible to wagon forms. And why shouldn’t it? One of the most popular vehicles of the late ’60s, the Galaxie was to its contemporary market as the entire Toyota Corolla, Camry, and Solara lineups are to today’s car-buying public: popular and practical in equal measure.

And it was cars like this that made it so. Handsome, useful, and with just the right amount of panache thrown in, this 1969 Ford Galaxie could be a complete pussycat on Sunday morning’s church run, but would prove just as capable at destroying the bias ply rear tires on a Friday night. Refrigerator white with a black vinyl top, it might look the part of the pedestrian appliance, but with a 390 big block under the hood it was anything but. In fact, when ordered in concert with the four barrel carburetor, the 390 big block provided the biggest blast you could have in a Fairlane until midway through 1969, when Ford dropped in the 428 Cobra Jet. This means that one of this cars owners took his (or her) automobile pretty seriously. And given its current shape, I dare say that all the owners since have shown nearly as much care! With just a bit of rust appearing on the quarter panel, it’s in surprisingly good and remarkably unmolested shape. The 390 is a workhorse of an engine that’s longevity is more than matched by the C6 automatic, which means this thing will run itself into the ground. But thankfully, the power steering and power disc brakes (both great additions) will prevent the car from taking you with it. Overall, it looks as if it would make a great daily driver for someone looking for a gradual project that can be tackled one part at a time, and who doesn’t want to make the same concessions to “creative motoring” that an older car will demand.

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