Arguably, with a freshen up of the big Fords for 1963, the Galaxie was now in its finest era and one of the most beautiful cars to wear the “Galaxie” badge. The lines were more squared off and the windshield was set at a more rakish angle. There was also a new grille and bumpers. It was a look that just ‘worked’.
Galaxie, introduced for the 1959 model year, was a replacement for the Fairlane 500. The standard Galaxie was an intermediate trim level with the Galaxie 500 offering the most luxurious appointments. The 500XL went a stage further and offered bucket seats, center console with floor mounted transmission shifter and some extra pieces of trim including the XL badging.
The ’63 Galaxie 500XL features two chrome moldings on the side of the car with seven hash marks just in front large ‘afterburner’ style taillights.
This Galaxie is believed to have done just over 55,000 miles in its lifetime.
Convertibles were only available with all-vinyl interiors and offered in five different colors.
Under the hood there is a 352 V8 (220 horsepower) which is paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.
Ford managed to sell 18,551 Galaxie 500 XL Convertibles for the 1963 model year. Unlike the other Galaxie models that came with a six cylinder as standard the 500 XL came with a 260 cubic inch V8 as its standard engine. The base price for this was $3,518.
Also present on this car are power brakes and power steering costing the original owner $43 and $86 respectively.
This ’63 Galaxie 500 XL Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)