1965 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL

MIKE HUGHES

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“MY ’65 GALAXIE came from Cal­i­for­nia; the orig­i­nal owner worked at the Ford fac­tory fit­ting in­te­ri­ors (see photo), in­clud­ing on this car. From what I un­der­stand he owned the car right up un­til 2013, when it was sold at auc­tion to an Aus­tralian man who im­ported it to Perth, be­fore sell­ing it to me in 2015. As far as I know the car is orig­i­nal, in­clud­ing the paint, in­te­rior, and the 352 FE big­block/fmx three-speed auto combo, though it has had some body re­pairs in the past. Be­ing the 500 XL model, it has bucket seats and T-bar auto rather than the stan­dard bench seat and col­umn-shift. The left-hand drive cer­tainly took some get­ting used to, but other than that the car is a plea­sure to drive. She’s in great con­di­tion and I do my best to look af­ter her, but that doesn’t mean she’s hid­den in the shed; the mis­sus and I fre­quently cruise it around the coast to show it off on a sunny day. It’s even been to the shops for gro­ceries a few times.” Pho­tos: Jake Dyer

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