There are a handful of car models that existed during parts of several decades when the American automakers were really thriving, and it is very interesting to take a look at their evolution. More recently, when you look at a car from 1990 and then look at the 2010 version, you’ll see a difference, but it is not going to be extremely profound in most cases. But back in the 1950s through the 1980s, the changes could be very dramatic.
One car that was around long enough to undergo some major transformations is the Ford Galaxie. The Galaxie made its debut for the 1959 model year, and it lasted all the way through 1974. The 1959 Galaxie had that classic 50s boxlike shape with the tail fins punctuating the rear, and the top-end engine offered in the car was the big 352 cubic inch V8. The Galaxie underwent a radical restyling the following year, getting sleek and losing the fins. In 1965 the Galaxie was again reinvented stylistically, and in 1966 the Galaxie 500 7 Litre was introduced, powered by the Thunderbird V8.
The next, and last, major change to the look of the Galaxie took place for the 1969 model year. A new top of the line engine was introduced, dubbed the “ThunderJet.” The ThunderJet was a 429 cubic inch V8 that was rated at a hefty 360 horsepower. 1969 was a very good year for the Galaxie as total sales reached 998,796 units, which was the second best annual figure that the model series ever posted.
Galaxie sales remained strong for the next few years, but the company decided to discontinue the car after the 1974 model year. The Galaxie was around for parts of three decades, and it is one of the most popular models that the company ever offered.
Hmmm…it would be very cool to own a Galaxie from all three of those decades, wouldn’t it…uh-oh, I think I just gave myself an idea!
Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer