Ford Galaxie Review from Australia and New Zealand

1971 Ford Galaxie 500 351 V8

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 351 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carMercury Marquis


Elegant and robust at the same time!


Nothing wrong with the car so far..

General Comments:

Very nice and comfortable to drive. Love it.. the car is completely stock, in mint exterior and interior. Only thing I replaced was the ignition, I upgraded to Pertronix II and had it tuned and dyno tested. MPG at present is around 15, 16 open highway. I only drive the car to work (99% highway) Mileage in city must be lower..

The reason I bought and imported to car to New Zealand was simple: Mike Stone and Steve Keller from "Streets of San Francisco" drove a 4 door sedan and I always liked the shape (mine is a 2dr)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2009

21st Sep 2009, 09:19

Are you the same guy who was selling that '71 2-door for a while? I guess there can't be all that many U.S. Fords in NZ. I saw a video, and it is an awesome car. I had a '71 4-door hardtop that I had from '73 to '77. I took it across the U.S. twice... no problems. I really liked that car and wish I had it back right now.

I didn't watch Streets of San Francisco that much, but I did watch Hawaii 5-0, and it was very similar to McGarrett's Mercury.

23rd Sep 2009, 15:38

Yep, that is correct!!! How small the world is... Now that I keep the car and summer is approaching down under, it is even nicer to cruise.. Thanks for your comment. Steve McGarrett's Mercury Parklane is awesome. I wish..!

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review