Ford Galaxie (1965-1968)

1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD

The Ford Galaxie was in its day was the premium Ford. Introduced in 1959, the Galaxie name would continue until 1974, when Ford dropped the Galaxie name in favor of the top of the line LTD name. For the third generation Galaxie, 1965-1968, all full-size Fords wore the Galaxie badge, with either the  Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500 XL or Galaxie 500 LTD designations. The Galaxie 500 part was dropped from the LTD in 1966 and from the XL in 1967. Galaxies were the counterpart to the 1965-1970 Chevrolet Impala or 1965-1968 Plymouth Fury.

1965 Ford Galaxie

Ford introduced an a new body on the Galaxie in 1965. The design was more upright and formal than the 1964 model. It was available as either the base Galaxie 500, mid-level Galaxie 500 XL or top-of-the-line Galaxie 500 LTD. Engine choices were carried over from 1964 with the exception of an all-new 240 cubic inch six-cylinder and a 289 cubic inch V8 engine. The suspension was redesigned. The new model featured a new rear coil three-link system instead of the former leaf-spring rear suspension. The new system greatly improved ride and handling. Interiors were similar to the 1964 models, but featured a new instrument panel and two-way key system.

1966 Ford Galaxie

Ford introduced a new model for the 1966 model year, the Galaxie 500 7 Litre. The 500 7 litre featured a new engine, the 428 cu in (7.0 Litre) borrowed from the Ford Thunderbird. The Ford LTD dropped the Galaxie 500 portion of its name and became a stand alone model. Ford also installed safety belts for front and rear passengers in response to Federal government safety regulations. Other changes were minimal. The new Galaxie 500 was the third best selling car in 1966, behind the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Impala.

1967 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback

1967 Ford Galaxie

In 1967, Ford made minor revisions to the Galaxie/LTD lineup, which included name and trim changes. The XL and the 7 Litre model no longer carried the Galaxie 500 name.  Other changes included modifications to the styling such as adding a bend in the center of the grille and making the Galaxie less square than the 1966 model. Like other Fords, the Galaxie received a large, padded hub in the center of the plastic steering wheel with an energy-absorbing steering column, padded interior surfaces, recessed controls on the instrument panel, and front outboard shoulder belt anchors.

1968 Ford XL

1968 Ford Galaxie

The Galaxie/LTD was slightly refreshed in 1968 with a new grille and headlights arranged horizontally. But the body was the same car from the A-pillar back. The headlights on the XL and LTD were now concealed. The base V8 engine increased from 289 to 302 cubic inches. Beginning in December 1967, all models received new safety equipment, including side marker lights and shoulder belts. Also, the previous year’s large steering wheel hub was replaced by a spoke that ran to the  edges of the wheel and featured a plastic horn ring

The Galaxie/LTD was replaced by an all new new model for 1969.

To see other fords, see our post on the Ford Torino, 1960-1963 Ford Falcon or the 1964 1/2- 1973 Ford Mustan. To read about the Galaxie’s biggest competitor, see our post on the 1965-1970 Chevrolet Impala.

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