|Cars - Ford|
|Odometer reading||74,065 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 20th August 2016 Cars - 20/08/2016 / 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner Convertible / Lot 249
By the late 1950s, America was well in the grip of rocket-age fantasies and the newspapers were full of the latest moves in the space race as Uncle Sam battled with the Soviet Union for supremacy in interplanetary exploration. No surprise then that when Ford launched its new top-of-the-range model in 1959, it was called the Galaxie. Of truly vast proportions, it abandoned the ostentatious fins and flourishes of the early 1950s for a more sober, sleek and scientific look. Available as either a sedan or a convertible in two-door and four-door form, it came with a range of engines from a 3.7-litre straight-six to a humongous 7-litre V8. For 1962, the Galaxie name was applied to all of Ford's full size models, as the Fairlane name was moved to a new intermediate model and Custom was temporarily retired. New top-line Galaxie 500 (two-door sedan and hardtop, four-door sedan and hardtop, and 'Sunliner' convertible) models offered plusher interiors, more chrome trim outside and a few additional luxury items over and above what was standard on the plainer Galaxie models This rare factory built righthand drive example rolled off the production line in 1962, was imported from Canada in 1968 and boasts one former owner. Finished in white with a contrasting turquoise interior, this beautiful car has a 5.8 litre (353ci) V8 mated to a column mounted three speed automatic gearbox. With a 12 month MoT test certificate in the file along with 30 years worth of old certificates, this is an extremely rare and sought after piece of Americana. With an electric hood in good working order and power steering taking the stress out of driving, this is the perfect summer cruiser.