The Ford Galaxie was a full-sized automobile that was manufactured in the United States from 1959 through 1974. The name was used to appeal to the buying public based on the enthusiasm associated with the space race. The Ford Motor Company used the Galaxie name for the leading models in their full-sized assortment of cars from 1959 until 1961.
In 1959, Ford introduced the Galaxie lineup in the middle of the year. The range of six Galaxie models were high end versions of the Ford Fairlane. The Galaxie had a modified rear roofline that was similar to that of the Thunderbird. This was the era of two-tone, chrome and stainless steel outfitted cars, and the Ford Galaxie didn’t depart from that design. It was the image of American automobile superiority.
The 1959 Ford Galaxie featured the manufacturer’s new front seat safety anchorage. This feature locked the seat’s track structure to the frame of the car. Instead of the usual hand parking brake, the new ford was equipped with a pedal-activated brake. Ford was a front-runner when it came to safety features. The recessed steering wheel and double door locks came standard on the ’59 Galaxie. A padded dashboard, child-proof rear door locks, and seat belts were optional.
This was the last year for the Skyliner model, Ford’s hardtop convertible. The top of the car retracted and folded down intto the trunk. The feature was impressive, but it was also expensive and complicated. When the top was folded down, it left very little trunk room. The Skyliner was only produced for three years, from 1957 through 1959.
The 1959 Ford Galaxie was equipped with a 352 cubic inch power plant that produced 300 horsepower.