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Ford launched the Galaxie in 1958 to cap­i­tal­ize on Amer­ica’s awe of all things NASA - and space-re­lated. It was a key part of Ford’s US line-up un­til its demise in 1974, and was also pro­duced in Ford Aus­tralia’s Home­bush fa­cil­ity from 1964 to 1968.

This beau­ti­ful red ex­am­ple was orig­i­nally im­ported into New Zealand by Ford parts spe­cial­ist Ajay’s, in Waihi, to be used as a wed­ding car. When that busi­ness ven­ture came to an end, Bob Boni­face man­aged to take own­er­ship of the ve­hi­cle with only 37,000 orig­i­nal miles (59,545km) on its odo.

Bob was quick to use his con­nec­tions to bring the Galaxie back to near-per­fect con­di­tion. The un­der­side of the car was blasted and painted black, with a panel beater sort­ing out a few mi­nor panel is­sues, and then giv­ing the Galaxie a full paint job in the orig­i­nal red. The car’s in­te­rior is still in full orig­i­nal con­di­tion, which Bob de­scribes as “Near concours con­di­tion”. The car cer­tainly hasn’t just been a garage queen, though, and, de­spite the low mileage, it has been en­joyed im­mensely on road trips around the North Is­land, pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able and plenty-pow­er­ful ride. The Galaxie comes with a re­cent val­u­a­tion by Craig John­son Au­to­mo­tive Ex­pres­sions of $58K.

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