XL-Ent! 1963 ½ Ford Galaxie 500XL Hardtop Coupe

  • March 22, 2021
The Rundown
  • Top-of-the-Line ‘XL’ w/ Buckets & Upscale Trim
  • Clean Styling w/ Mid-1963 Semi-Fastback Roofline
  • Excellent Wimbledon White over Red Livery
  • Restored w/ $32K in Receipts
  • ‘Z-Code’ 330hp, 390 CI V8 Engine
  • Floor-Shifted Automatic Transmission
  • Equipped w/ A/C, PB/PS/PW & AM-FM Radio
Why We Like It

Totally restyled for 1963, Ford’s Galaxie exemplified full-size style, comfort, and performance. It also carried the Ford banner on the dragstrip in stock-class competition and on the wildly popular NASCAR circuit. As Ford’s big-block V8 racing engines were quickly approaching their power zenith, improved aerodynamics were the key to race-winning performance during the era. Ford’s initial attempt at lowering high-speed drag was innovative – the Starlifter removable hardtop intended as an option for the 1962 Galaxie Sunliner Convertible, which Ford prototyped but was rejected by NASCAR officials. A more practical solution was the mid-1963 launch of the “Scatback” semi-fastback roof for the Galaxie Hardtop Coupe.

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xl-ent-1963-ford-galaxie-500xl-hardtop-coupe00707 dVuUDeFYtBHz 0AE0ru 1200x900Featuring the semi-fastback roofline, this 1963 ½ Ford Galaxie 500XL Hardtop Coupe is a handsome throwback to the early 1960s and Ford Motor Company’s all-out “Total Performance” racing campaign. Finished in Wimbledon White over a visually stunning, almost retina-searing red vinyl interior compartment with lots of flashy, upscale trim, the Galaxie also features the big bucket-type seats characteristic of the 500 ‘XL’ trim level. Ample power – 330 ponies to be precise – are delivered by a beefy ‘Z’-Code’ 390ci V8 Engine breathing deeply through a Holley 4-barrel carburetor matched to a floor-shifted automatic transmission. A reasonable 60k miles are stated by the seller. Options, features, and amenities are abundant, including air conditioning, power brakes/steering/windows, a factory AM/FM radio with reverb, bumper guards, and 15" wheels with ‘Hipo’ wheel covers. The seller states that during the restoration, everything was rebuilt or new, and the the Galaxie comes with restoration receipts totaling some $32k.

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Valuation Verdict

Quite popular when new, the NASCAR-inspired 1963 ½ Galaxie remains highly attractive today and with the right options, delivers awesome performance. While not sporting the 406ci or later 427ci powerplants, this car’s ‘Z-Code’ 390 is a solid performer with 330 ponies on tap. It looks great and features the full-zoot ‘500XL’ trim level including front bucket seats. From the seller’s details, this one is offered for the same price as the total of the restoration receipts. Somebody’s getting a great deal for the car plus the restoration cost, in our opinion, and we’re calling it ‘Fair Market’.

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