Sunday, December 18, 2011
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1968 Ford Galaxie 500
We've already seen a '68 Galaxie fastback coupe here on California Streets, so a sedan is a nice complement to it. Both are powered by the venerable 390 V8, the engine that also propelled Steve McQueen's Mustang over the city's famous hills in Bullitt. I really like this car, because it's such a throwback to the car chase movies and police dramas that took place in and around San Francisco back in the day. I can imagine Dirty Harry driving this car, the whitewalls knuckling over and howling as the barge understeers wildly into a corner, or the rear end kicking out in true Hollywood fashion as he pursues the baddies, one chrome dog dish hubcap separating from the wheel and bouncing down the street away from the car. Or maybe Ponch from CHiPs could pursue crooks on his police bike as they flee a bank robbery in this car. I can only imagine how many of these plain-colored, low-trim V8 sedans were destroyed filming those kinds of scenes over the years. Thankfully this one has survived.