Used Car of the Day: 1966 Ford Galaxie

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Floating around one of our corporate forums is this 1966 Ford Galaxie that got plucked off eBay.

It has 7.0 liters of displacement, a manual transmission, and a drop-top. Supposedly not many Galaxies with this engine still exist, which explains the $88K bid price.

I didn't intend it this way, but apparently, the '60s have been big with UCOTD recently.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Dec 17, 2022

    I was 14 and my sister was born in August of 66. I saw a number of 66 Fords but mostly 4 doors with white and light blue being the predominate color. No one in my family had a Ford at that time mostly GMs and mostly Chevrolets. My middle brother had a new maroon 66 Cutlass with black vinyl top and black bucket seats with spinners that was a real looker and which I wouldn't mind having today. Always liked the Galaxies and LTDs especially from the early to latter 60s just beautiful cars.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Dec 18, 2022

    Billy Mitchell's 60 s designs are the best. Colors too. I have a DEADWeight level of dislike of GM products. But, I think GM has the best paint jobs ( except mazda soul red.) GM metal flake paints are the best. Color. size of flakes. Amount of flakes. Super good. Unsurpassed.

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Dec 18, 2022

      I think some of the 65 and 66 GM cars especially the Pontiacs are among the best GMs ever made. After the 60s GM was going downhill but they were not terrible during the 70s with the exception of the Vega and that was a disaster. I do think GM was improving in later years especially the Buick LaCrosse and Impala on the Epsilon platform. The 2012 Buick Lacrosse I had was a solid car and nicely finished and the 2014 Impala LTZ I rented for a week was a nice handling and comfortable car. The last full size sedans GM made were decent cars. The problem with GM is when they finally iron out the bugs and get a vehicle right they discontinue it. GM has made some great vehicles and is capable of making great vehicles but the bean counters and taking shortcuts have produced vehicles that could have been great but missed the mark.

  • Rando [h2]Coincidentally, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is more than $41k as well -.-[/h2]
  • Ajla "Gee, wonder why car (as well as home) insurance rates are much higher in places like Florida..." Severe weather is on the list but even if a benevolent genie reverted the climate to circa 1724 I think FL would still have high cost. Our home insurance rates have increased 102% since 2021 and I don't think weather models account for that much of a change in that period. Florida's insurance assignment of benefit regulation meant that it had ~80% of the country's of the insurance lawsuits on ~12% of the nation's claims and litigated claims can be expensive to insurance companies. The state altered some regulations and is having some success on getting more companies back, even with the severe weather risks, through relatively bipartisan efforts. With car insurance just beyond the basic "Florida" stuff, the population increase of the past few years is overwhelming the roads. But, I think the biggest thing is we have very low mandated car insurance levels. Only $10K personal injury and $10K property damage. No injury liability needed. And 20% of the state has no insurance. So people that actually want insurance pay out the nose. Like I commented above my under/uninsured coverage alone is 2.5x my comprehensive & collision.
  • Juan Let's do an 1000 mile drive and see who gets there first.
  • Eliyahu CVT needed for MPG. Outback is indeed the legacy of, err, the Legacy.
  • Gayneu I can comment on these. My wife always thought the Minis were "cute" so I bought her a used 2005 (non-S, 5 speed) for one of her "special" birthdays. She loved it and I kinda did too. Somehow a hole developed in the transmission case and the fluid drained out, ruining the car (too expensive to fix). A local mechanic bought it for $800.We then bought a used 2015 S (6 speed) which we still have today (80k miles). Her sister just bought a used S as well (also manual). It has been a dependable car but BMW-priced maintenance and premium gas hurts for sure. I think the earlier generation (like in the article) were better looking with cleaner lines. The 2015 S rides too stiff for me (Chicago roads) but is a hoot on smooth ones. It does seem to shift weird - its hard to describe but it shifts differently from every other manual I have driven. No matter how hard I try, so won't let go of her Mini.