Saturday, May 06, 2023

Automotif CCCLXV...

A nice-looking Baffin Blue 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner ragtop turning southbound on to College Avenue from 54th Street.

For 1962, Ford had introduced the "XL" package for the Galaxie to compete with the "SS" versions of the Chevy Impala. If this had that option package, the rear fender badges would read "Galaxie 500XL" instead of "Sunliner".

The front fender badges proclaim the presence of a 390 cubic inch "FE" big block under the hood.

The 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission shift lever on the steering column means that this is the 9.6:1 single four-barrel version of the 390, which was rated at 300 SAE gross bhp. The more potent high-compression 375bhp version was only available with a manual gearbox.

Check out the dashboard, this thing's got a power top!