What you're seeing in this 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL. With an extensive list of upgraded components, this is a turn-key car that's ready to rock with all the hard work already done, and the lowered stance and big wheels only emphasize one of the best-looking cars of the '60s.
The paint is a pretty Silver, albeit with a lot more metallic and a fantastic shine, so if you want to stand out in a sea of red, black, and white Galaxies, this is an outstanding way to do it. The finish is a few years old, perhaps the oldest part of the restoration, yet it looks fresh and shines brilliantly, a testament to a job done well. The chrome and stainless trim is excellent, including the ornate grille, the taillight buckets and lenses, the aluminum section between the taillights, and both of the front fender ornaments, all of which give the car a detailed look without being over-done.
The body is super straight and clean w/ no rust what so ever. The paint looks amazing but has just a couple of imperfections in please see picís (around the antenna, and trunk lid side edge. Better than driver quality paint. It is not cracking and has no scratches or swirl marks.
The beautiful matching tri-tone interior looks simply awesome against the silver paint, and they did it right by using dark carpets and a color-matched dash to tie everything together. Bucket seats and lots of space are par for the course in the luxury-oriented Galaxie, which was Ford's top-of-the-line in 1962. Obviously there's a lot of new stuff inside. The dash looks pretty original, and there's a period-perfect under-dash A/C unit that should be functional with a recharge. There is an AM radio, but it hasnít worked in some time! I am 6'5" and I have to move the seat forward to reach the pedals. The interior is absolutely gorgeous. It stands out without going gaudy. It gets tons of attention and will having people asking if its that's original or not.
The rebuilt 390 cubic inch V8 has a long list of new components. The big air cleaner matches the "after-market" valve covers. This Galaxie has power steering, power brakes, with front disc brakes, and AC. The Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic shifts well. Obviously the suspension has been lowered, three or four inches in front and perhaps two or three inches in back, giving it a lowered stance that still rides well. The undercarriage is original and looks quite good, highlighted by a newer dual exhaust system.
Why invest in a Classic automobile?
This piece of Americana is a distinctive work of art and truly belongs with a collector, or enthusiast who can appreciate the quality and significance of this remarkable automobile. According to Knight Frank's Wealth Report, collectible cars were the top-performing collectible asset with prices surging 23-percent in the 12-months ending in the third quarter of 2012, and posting gains of 395-percent over 10-years.