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Diego’s Friday AutoHunter Picks | ClassicCars.com Journal

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For my Friday AutoHunter picks, I chose a mix of Fords that demonstrates Dearborn’s design evolution from the 1950s into the 1960s. Which would you buy?

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie

These Fords have been quite popular for a long time, though I feel they’re somewhat dowdy compared to what General Motors came out with in 1959. Maybe the retractable Skyliner is the reason for its evergreen presence, but the Galaxie sub-model bears mentioning because it’s a great example of Ford’s marketing smarts when the company was bruised after the Edsel launch.

In the beginning of the 1959 model year, there was no Galaxie. But someone at Ford noticed the popularity of the all-new 1958 Thunderbird, and it was decided that the Thunderbird’s squared-off roofline (which only the Skyliner had in the beginning) would make a nice addition to the Fairlane 500 line. Ford claimed the six new Galaxie models were a “full ‘fine car’… expression of Thunderbird luxury and classic simplicity.” The Galaxie outsold the regular Fairlane 500 in spades despite the late introduction.



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