By Elizabeth Puckett
This is one for the guys who are tired of seeing 1960’s performance cars spoiled by having automatic transmission. Not to degrade automatics or the people who drive them in any way, but some people just prefer to row through gears. That’s why this big block equipped 1964 Galaxie 500 XL with 4-speed Craigslist find caught our eye.
You can find the ad here, and with an asking price of $5,500, it might not be available by the time we share this article. The 500 XL was the top of the line for the 1964 Galaxies. This coupe would have come with a $3,200 price tag before options, when it was new.
It’s not all good, there are some rust spots on what’s claimed to be the original paint. There are some pretty big visible ones from the photos, and you can tell there are a few more.
The interior got some special treatment as a part of the XL package — like a center console and bucket seats. The center console cover seems to be new or refurbished, but a lot of the rest of the interior will need an overhaul eventually.
The 390 big block was rated at 300 horsepower and 427 lbs.-ft. of torque new, it wasn’t the top of the big block line at the time, but a good powertrain none-the-less. This engine has been resealed, and has an aftermarket carb and aluminum radiator. The brakes have been redone, and everything points to this being a Galaxie that runs and drives fine. Would you consider this to be a ‘good find’?