Ford Galaxie

The Ford Galaxie was the chief full-size car built in the United States by the Ford Motor Company for model years 1959 through 1974. In Brazil, the car was produced under the names Galaxie 500, the LTD and the Landau from 1968 to 1982. As frequently is the case with American cars, the model names altered from year to year, but the Galaxie was always Ford's full-size car. In the late 1960s, the low trim Fords would be the Ford Custom and the Ford Custom 500, while the high end would be the XL and the LTD. The Galaxie however was on average the high volume counterpart to the Chevrolet Impala. The Galaxies were a smorgasbord of cars, with some Galaxies being high-performance racing specification machines which was a notion to the muscle car era. Some, on the other hand, were plain, family sedans. In order to curtail confusion, note that the Galaxie should not be mistaken for the Ford Galaxy, a modern-era large Multi Purpose Vehicle. The Ford Galaxie has earned itself a place in popular culture as it has been featured in a number of shows and films. A 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL is the first Getaway vehicle in the 1972 Sam Peckinpah film "The Getaway". Also, a 1973 Ford Galaxie 500 was the car of Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in the '70s TV series Starsky and Hutch. But most famously, Actor Andy Griffith drove an early 60's model in his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. On the other side of the popular culture spectrum, the Galaxie has been at the center of a number of tunes. The 90's alternative rock band Blind Melon wrote the song Galaxie. It is said that the song was written for the car their late lead singer Shannon Hoon enjoyed driving to clear his mind. Also, a 1973 Ford Galaxie 500 is mentioned in the Clutch song Spacegrass. It is misspelled in the liner notes as "Galaxy 500". One might think if they were going to write a song about a car, they would at least spell it correctly ' but, oh well.