1964 Ford Galaxie 500 289 2V
Great car, but now-a-days 12 MPG doesn't cut it
It had the top end of the engine in the trunk with a cracked head when I bought it for $50. So a friend and I put in a rebuilt motor ($400).
Down the line I had the transmission replaced because it wasn't 100% perfect (I worked at an AAMCO trans. shop).
My first car and best car I have ever owned. Lots of power, especially in the '80s when most folks were driving economy cars.
Excellent driver position for my 6'2" frame (Hey, that was considered tall back then).
The A.C. still blew ice-cold after 22 years.
It got 12 MPG using premium gas (or regular if you retarded the ignition a couple degrees), which is about par for a '60s vintage full sized car.
It was large with "bench" seats, which meant I could pack 5-7 friends in there. (try that with modern bucket seats).
Sure wish I had kept that car. I was moving (I thought) to Thailand in 1986 and sold it for $200!!! It was near perfect in all respects.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th December, 2009
8th Nov 2016, 16:27
That MPG was pathetic for a relatively small displacement V8, even for 1964, but it's probably explained by the "lots of power" reference to driving style. Not sure why premium gas would have been needed for a 9:1 compression ratio engine, either.
8th Nov 2016, 19:00
I have to fill up every 100 miles so I will trade 12 MPG any day. It's not the fuel costs, it's the inconvenience. We caravan in a group and bring our EZ passes. But the stops are a pain at times. That's not very far on a road trip with multiple cars to consider.