From the News Bureau
FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1961
Nearly 1,100,000 Ford Galaxies have been sold since the car was introduced less than three years ago. "This strong sales achievement," said Matthew S. McLaughlin, Ford Division General sales manager, "is a credit to the fine styling and engineering features of the Galaxies and has prompted us to add another series, the Galaxie '500', to the line for 1962. The Galaxie and Galaxie '500' are low price, luxury automobiles........"
The 1962 Galaxie is the first regular production vehicle in automotive history to have a factory recommended 6,000-mile service interval.
All twelve 1962 Ford Galaxie models will be introduced in Ford dealer showrooms Friday, September 29.
AND SO THEY WERE UNVEILED TO THE WORLD ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1961..........
The 1962 Ford Galaxies:
First 6,000-mile service interval
........And this was it. I had been admiring the long, sleek '62 Galaxies for a year, and when I saw this one it was something like love at first sight. It took everything my budget could handle, and on a rainy September afternoon in Seattle, Washington, for the mere sum of $2,652 I became the proud owner of this beautiful Town Victoria. It was new but had a few hundred miles on it from being used as a Demo. It was Corinthian White with red vinyl interior, powered by a 352 2V engine through a 3 speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The photo was taken in the spring of 1963 in front of one of the "barracks" of The Boeing Company Minute Man Missile housing complex on 10th Ave. South in Great Falls, Montana. I rolled up many miles on the odometer touring the plains and mountains of Montana and cruising Central Avenue in Great Falls. This car ran faithfully in the bitter cold Montana winters, and the postless hardtop gave the car a fun openness for summer cruising. Where this car is today I have no clue. Other than memories and a continuing fondness for the 1962 Galaxies, this photo is all I have left of my first car.
Jumping ahead about 40 years, I am still the proud owner of a 1962 Galaxie. This one is a 500/XL convertible, and yes, it's Corinthian White with red interior, power steering and power brakes. It's powered by a 390 4V through a Cruise-O-Matic. Like my first Galaxie, this one is a true pleasure to drive.
Side by side, my favorite Galaxies look like this.
These photos were taken at the 2005 National Galaxie Show in Dearborn by Doyle Harrison of Taylor, Michigan. The Town Victoria 4 door hardtop is Doyle's and is Registry entry number 100. Which do you like best, the red fuzzy dice or the white ones?
The 1962 Ford Galaxies are a rather elusive model. They are seldom seen at car shows or on the
street, but I know they're out there. This site was created to collect,
record and share information related to the Galaxies of 1962, a year when
"cruising" was in its prime and AM radio waves were carrying top 10 tunes like Gene Chandler's
Duke Of Earl,
The Four Season's
Big Girls Don't Cry,
and Bobby Vee's
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes.
In 1962, the year in which the classic film American Graffiti is set, average annual personal income in America was $5,500, a loaf of bread cost 21¢, a gallon of gas was 28¢ and John F. Kennedy was President of the United States of America. For about $2,500 to $3,000 a person could own one of these great Ford Galaxies.
It has been 57 years since the 1962 Fords rolled off the assembly lines. How many of them have survived the ravages of time and the unforgiving jaws of the salvage yard crushers? Where are they now? What is their condition? What are their stories? What information do current owners and restorers need to really know their cars. An objective of this registry is to solicit and share this kind of information.
In my humble opinion, those of us who are the collectors and restorers of old cars are the curators and caretakers of what I like to call The World Museum of the Automobile. This Registry is for all 1962 Full Size Fords, dead or alive, parts cars (organ donors), daily drivers or pristine show pieces. I view this registry as a listing of the '62 Galaxies in the museum. There is no cost to participate in this registry and all personal information is kept confidential.
Drive on in and cruise around. Please, if you own a full size 1962 Ford, consider entering it in this registry. If you know someone who has one please tell them about the registry. Oh yeah, if you happen to be traveling through central Montana and see a white '62 Galaxie Town Victoria, try to get the patent plate info, it might have been my car. I sold it to a friend in Great Falls in late 1964 before returning to my home in Pittsburgh, Pa. My Uncle Sam had sent me a special Greeting and invitation to fulfill an obligation I had to him.
I owe a Galaxie trunk load of thanks to fellow Galaxie enthusiast Dave Coleman in Indianapolis for his generosity in hosting the Registry and for his help maintaining it. Without Dave’s assistance this site would probably not be here.
Thank you for visiting and for your participation in the 1962 Ford Galaxie Registry. Check back often as this site will be updated frequently.