San Francisco Street Sighting - 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
I've gotten word from friends back east that another late-winter storm has been dumping tons of snow and frigid temperatures on them. Fear not, friends, spring is coming. In the meantime, have a classic red convertible.
The Ford Galaxie was the third-best selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, and could be had with a 240 cubic inch six cylinder or one of five V8s ranging from a 289 to a 428 big block borrowed from the Thunderbird. Ford must have done something right, because 1966 was the best year ever for Galaxie sales. Over 1 million were built. Convertibles accounted for 27,454 of those sales.
As with many models back in the day, you could buy a Galaxie with as many or as few options as you wanted. This one has the optional 352 Interceptor V8 but base-spec steel wheels with center caps on whitewall tires. It doesn't appear to be a 500/XL judging by the base model grille. This one appears to have had all the model designation badges and the hood ornament removed for a cleaner appearance. The body and trim are a bit worn and bent in places, but still a presentable driver. Overspray on the exhaust system tells me the paint isn't original. When I first approached this car with my camera, an older gentleman seated outside a cafe told me I'd have to ask the owner for permission to shoot the car. He then jokingly pointed to his dog. Nice car, Mr. Dog. A big lazy drop-top highway cruiser would be a good car for entertaining dogs, provided they only stick their heads out into the breeze and don't jump out. Maybe the dog even lets his human drive every once in a while.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old cars wherever I go.