Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Boaty McBoatface: 1968 Ford Galaxie XL

Big blocks stuck inside of small cars are the stuff of automotive legend.  We can't forget, however, that these same engines could be found in slightly porkier models, as well.  And while the lightweight coupes and ponies we call muscle cars were fast, most can be bested by your neighbor's Maxima in every performance measure.  Why not save yourself a ton of money and get the same monster engine in something a little bigger?  Find this 1968 Ford Galaxie XL for $12,000 via craigslist.

According to the ad, this Galaxie has a motor "pushed out to 428".  We can assume this big block started out as a 390 and got bored and stroked.  In a numbers-matching Mustang of the same vintage, this would be a big taboo.  Here, we can be a little more forgiving, as the Galaxie is not a blue chip investment car like the big block 'stang.  Instead, we will take all the cubes we can get to move this ship.

And while you are pouring dirt cheap gas into its 3 deuces, you can enjoy the same FE big block soundtrack you can hear coming from a Cobra Mustang.  Feel like lighting up the tires?  This Galaxie can dance that number, too.

With no possibility of going around corners quickly, you can enjoy an interior from the Big & Tall department.  With all side windows and their trim rolled into the doors and body, you will have a nice, airy breezeway around your head.  These wide open spaces will make you want to turn around and drive back through tunnels just to hear the resonating exhaust from the 428 at wide-open throttle. For all this fun, $12K is starting to look like a bargain.

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  1. It should be parked next to a current compact car for the uninitiated. This is a titanic car.

    The sound would be sublime. Is there a discount if you actually suss where the car is?

    1. As a driver of a same age Mopar B-Body, which was the mid-size of their line-up, I can attest that cars of this vintage are not small. However, they certainly are comfortable and roomy for rolling down fairly straight roads with several of your closest pals.


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