The 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL was the first of the big performance Fords, with bucket seats, console, and posh interior trim. Introduced for mid-1962 as one of the "Lively Ones," the 500XL was a sub-series in the Galaxie 500 lineup (named after the 500-mile NASCAR races in which Ford was doing so well).

1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible, part of the 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL lineup
1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible.  See more pictures of classic cars.

Numerous drivetrain options were available from the start, including a four-speed manual transmission and up to 425 bhp. At mid-season 1963, the XL hardtop gained a sloping semi-fastback roofline (shared with equivalent Mercury's), and a four-door version was added. For 1964, styling was more sculptured and busier than the straight-lined 1962-63 models.

The 500 was de-emphasized as a performance car after Ford's winningest NASCAR year ever, 1965, in which the division's full-size cars cleaned up on the super tracks against smaller, lighter intermediate competition. However, the XL remained part of the Ford line through 1970, though engines were progressively detuned to comply with federal emissions mandates.

Quality control was a strong point on these cars, particularly the 1964s.

Pluses of the 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

  • Historical interest
  • Luxury
  • Refinement
  • Race image rub-off
  • Robust construction
  • Straight-line performance

Minuses of the 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

  • A handful in corners
  • Fuelishness

Production of the 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

  • 2-door hardtop: 28,412
  • Convertible: 13,183

Production of the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

  • 2-door hardtop: 134,370
  • Convertible: 29,713
  • 4-door hardtop: 39,154 (includes non-XL Galaxie 500s)

Production of the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

  • 2-door hardtop: 58,306
  • Convertible: 15,169
  • 4-door hardtop: 14,661
  • 1 Including non-XL Galaxie 500s

Specifications of the 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL:
Wheelbase, inches: 119.0
Length, inches:
209.0/210.0 (1962-1963/1964)
Weight, pounds: 3,672-3,722

Price, new
: $2,268-$3,495 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
289 cid
195
1963
ohv V-8
292 cid
170
1962
ohv V-8352 cid
220
1962-1964
ohv V-8390 cid
300/330
1962-1964
ohv V-8
406 cid
385/405
1962
ohv V-8
427 cid
410/425
1963-1964

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