1971 Ford Galaxie 500 2 Door Hardtop V8 400-2v 6.6L Only 51,958 Miles!
- Make: Ford
- Model: Galaxie
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: 2 Door Hardtop
- Year: 1971
- Mileage: 51,958
- VIN: 1P58S112740
- Color: Brown
- Engine size: 400 V8-2v 6.6L
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Power options: Air Conditioning
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Brown
- Drive side: Right-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1971 Ford Galaxie 2 Door Hardtop
Here it is, the 1971 Ford Galaxie 500!
I'm always interested in offers!
This car is absolutely gorgeous! She has been completely de-oxidized, polished and set with two coats of wax, she is ready to get in an immediately drive! Glides on down the road, the Fords of this era were designed to block outside noise and reduce passengers feeling the road at all. When I drove it, I didn't even notice the divots they put along the roads to alert drivers you're drifting over the edge, it's that noise suppressant!! 18 feet long, and 6.6 feet wide, weighing about 4,138 pounds, she's a big American made car! Interestingly, Ford had assembly plants in Australia and Brazil cranking these out, as such it's very sought after in those countries. This particular front style existed only from 1971 to 1972, with a redesign in 73'. Smoothest ride you can get, and at 47 years old that's not bad. The great thing about this car is how rare it is, this was a car for everyday people, chances are if you grew up around this time, you knew someone who had this. This wasn't a flashy car, this was a car in the background, sure, everyone saves a Cadillac, but so few of these cars remain it makes it a rare treat! I mean, Burt Reynolds drove this car in White Lightning, come on!!!
This car has a fascinating history; from the VIN (1P58S112740) the car was assembled at the Twin Cities Ford Assembly Plant (closed in 2011), shipped by rail to Cheyenne, Wyoming to the Walton Motor Company - a Ford dealership on the corner of 19th Street and Pioneer Avenue (closed in 1975 after 54 years), and purchased November 5th, 1970 by a Mrs. Beverly A. Sherr. It would appear that old Grandma Beverly opted for some extra features at the time, upgrading from the standard Ford 351 engine to a 400, and going to have Air Conditioning in the car as well, though it seems she did not opt for the dashboard clock :). Grandma Beverly drives the car for 31,000 miles, up until 1978. The original Wyoming Vehicle Inspection sticker is still on the driver's side, May 1978 being the last inspection. It would appear that Grandma Beverly is done with the Ford, "It's too powerful" was her quote. She parks it, leaves it in her garage, and pretty much forgets about it.
30 years later... 2008 rolls around, a man named Harlan DeBoer (still have his contactâ€‹ info) buys it and puts a lot into this baby to make it beautiful again (I have the photos), puts new tires, a new electronic ignition on car, rebuilt the carburetor, a new heater core, distributor, cap, spark plug wires all at around 33,000 miles and transmission fluid and filter changed at about 45,000 miles. All these updates allow him to get 10-15 MPG. He drives the car for 20,000 more miles, uses it as his daily driver from Saratoga, Wyoming to Rawlings, Wyoming (about 84 miles total there and back each day). Then, he stops using the car, lets it sit in his front yard.
Enter, me (current owner) - I speak with Harlan and make the 3 hour and 40 minute drive from Denver to Saratoga to buy the car on 6/30, it's pretty sun baked, but I've put in a lot of time to make this a beautiful car again! I put in almost 3 bottles of Turtle Wax De-oxidizer, then the Turtle Wax Polish treatment, then 2 coats of NuFinish wax, you can see yourself in this car!!! I also polished all the chrome and the Ford Motor Company hubcaps, as well as work on the interior plastic dashboardâ€‹ and plastic in the front. The car has a recent Big O oil change, additionallyâ€‹ I took it to a mechanic and had him put a brand new carburetor and fuel pump in! I also bought a custom fitted deluxe max cover car cover from CarCovers.com, a $200 value, with cover lock and wind protection! Just washed and always sitting underneath it's cover, this car is ready to go, with all receipts!!!
Sadly, Harlan was a big guy so his entering and exiting the driver's side has split the sun baked upholstery a bit, and the front passenger side isn't looking it's best either... However! The seats in the back are essentially untouched, Harlan told me as far as he knows, no one ever sat back there when he had the car. There is cracking on the plastic dashboard, this is due to it being stored outside in Wyoming winters and summers, contracting plastic is often a common complaint for vehicles of this era. Other then that, the cars interior is a beautiful warm bronze to match the exterior, color keyed by Ford. The original AM radio was switched out by Grandma Beverly, who installed a KRACO (company still around) 8-track player radio and KRACO surround sound speakers in the back, she cleverly routed speaker wire underneath the door panels and side of the rear passenger seats to give the illusion of them being there already. She also put in next to that, a General Electric CB radio! Harlan took out the CB radio, but it is in the trunk! Sadly, the speaker wire is pretty cheap and chewed up, the left speaker was working, but it's given up. This is entirely due to poor wiring, obviously done by an amateur, not someone working at Car Toys. Car Toys quoted me at $105 to get that back in order, however I believe you could do it yourself, your choice. The best part of the radio is that I have got two conversation pieces to allow you to play an iPod with! An 8-track to Cassette adapter, then a Cassette to MP3 adapter, all while keeping the original radio! The air conditioning does not blow cold... Because it needs some of that sweet, sweet 1995 banned substance Freon R12, and luckily I have acquired 2 12oz. cans of it!! If you know what you are doing, you can recharge it yourself, if not, you could take it to a mechanic or get the system changed to Freon 134a, your choice!
- 100% Rust Free car!!!!
- Clean Colorado Title, ready to sell!
- Passed Colorado Emissions testing and Verification of VIN 8/18/18!!
- 1.25 inch whitewall tires, tire size: 225/75 15R
- Original Ford Motor Company stamped 'dog dish' stye hubcaps
- Original Walton Motor Company metal dealership decal, left side of trunk
- Original Wyoming Vehicle Inspection sticker marked May 1978, drivers side
- Original KRACO 8-track player radio plus KRACO rear surround sound speakers in back.
- Original General Electric CB radio (in trunk)
- Some 8-tracks, if you'd like!
- 8-track to Cassette adapter, Cassette to MP3 adapter
- Original paperwork from Grandma Beverly: her Ford Warranty Facts Booklet, warranty card with VIN, the 1971 Ford Passenger Car Care and Operation booklet, and the 1971 Ford Operating Features fold-out
- Original Ford crown embroidered rubber passengers floor mat
- Get this, the original spare tire from 1970 is still in the trunk!! While humorous, I WOULD NOT recommend driving on it. You can see for yourself. Original car jack is present plus 2 tire irons.
- Comes with 3 sets of keys! First set is the original, Ignition, Trunk, Fuel, second set are copies I got done at ACE Hardware, I ordered original blanks so all say Ford and "Family of Fine Cars", third set is just Ignition and Trunk, to put in a wallet as backup keys in case you lock yourself out!
- $200 CarCover.com fitted car over, plus locking, plus wind bungee cords
- 2 full unopened cans of original Freon R12, from 1993
- Some extras! I went to the junkyard and got some replacement pieces, like the door lock chrome plastic pieces, various small light bulbs, 3 large glass replacement headlights, all taken from a 1974 Ford, and some extra wiper blades
- Various remaining car wares, de-oxidizer, polish, tire shine, chrome shine, plastic shine, and restorer.
- Best part about this car, the low insurance you pay! For me, I got classic insurance and paid only $141 for the year, you can't beat that.
Hopefully I listed everything, if not please ask! I have so many more pictures, so if you want more of anything I can take them or show you!
I am asking $8,000 for the car, though I am always interested in offers and I always say submit them to me! Feel free to call or text me anytime - (303) 250-9810
The Wikipedia article about the Ford Galaxie, the 4th generation
Here are some cool video links to the 1971 Ford :)
Bert Reynolds car chase in White Lightning
Ford Galaxie Commercial Quiet plus Durability
Ford Galaxie Commercial Steel Sides
Ford LTD Commercial
Finally, the Ford advertising campaign that was happening in 1971