Friday, August 8, 2014
Pleasanton Street Sighting - 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 Coupe
The Streets of San Francisco. The show was sponsored by Ford, so naturally almost every vehicle featured in any prominence, driven by a character or figuring in the plot, was a Ford. In season one the two main characters spent a lot of time in and around their unmarked detective's car, a brown 1971 Galaxie 500 sedan. Two chartreuse '72 Galaxies were also used in certain episodes as backup cars when Lieutenant Stone and Inspector Keller needed to be in two different places at once. Galaxies were one step up from the fleet-special Custom 500, which was popular as a police car. As such, Galaxies were mass-market big family cars and sold approximately 267,000 copies in 1972. The Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop accounted for some 80,000 of those. Ford's entire full-size lineup sold roughly 630,000 cars that year, compared to over 1 million full-size '72 Chevrolets.