1970 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible
1970 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible
- White over Black with Black Soft Top
- 390 V8
- Factory Air Conditioning
- Power Convertible Top
- Power Steering, Power Brakes
- American Racing Wheels
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“Take a quiet break in the 1970 Ford. … it is the finest car Ford has ever built.” – Ford brochure, 1970
“Ford engineering perfectionists created an almost totally quiet ride. Instead of covering up noise by only adding soundproofing, they designed the quietness in. They engineered the new Ford to be quieter than the LTD that was quieter than a Rolls-Royce. Everything works together to gentle, control, and absorb road vibration. There's a computer-designed S-frame, with vibration-absorbing torque boxes integrated into the heavy steel structure. Tapered-design rubber body mounts—which adjust automatically to differing rates of vibration—help cushion your ride. Front drag-strut bushings on Ford's unique 'forgiving' suspension roll with the punch of every bump. Wheel movement is softened and hushed. … there's a long wheelbase for a smooth, smooth ride. A wide track for stability. And overall, a body built of strong, heavy steel for solid, rugged quiet…. In this noisy, nerve-wracking world, you deserve a break. Make it a quiet break—in a 1970 Ford.”
Offered here is a 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible in white over black under a black fabric soft top. The “XL” trim lever was the highest level available Galaxie model at the time. A survivor in nearly all-original condition, this XL convertible has been very well maintained over its more than fifty years. The odometer currently shows 79,785 miles, or fewer than 1,600 miles per-year since new. The combination of low mileage and owner care resulted in this excellent early-Seventies classic.
The white exterior paint has been refreshed in the original color and shows very well across all sheet metal surfaces. The body is free of dents, with only minor paint chips on the front edge of the left-front fender and rear edge of the left-rear fender. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Chrome bumpers and trim have been properly cared for and display minimal patina from age. Body-side molding trim strips, door handles, driver's-side mirror, wheel-well trim strips, egg-crate-style horizontal front grille, dual-exhaust tips, and windshield surround are all similarly well-kept. Factory badging—including the “XL” hood emblem, “Ford” grille emblem, and “XL” trunk-lid emblem---is all properly in place. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses (including then-new side-marker lights) are clear and free of cracks. The black convertible top is free of rips or other damage. In a period-appropriate variation from stock, AmericanRacing® 5-angled-spoke, matte-finish, alloy wheels are mounted with Kelly Charger raised-white-letter all-season tires.
Inside, the “XL” interior features black vinyl with woodgrain trim throughout. Door trim incorporates the two with chrome accents in a horizontal design. Upholstery on the front and rear bench seats is black vinyl in a classic, vertically pleated pattern with chrome escutcheon trim pieces. The upholstery and cabin trim is all in excellent condition with few signs of even normal wear. The 2-spoke steering wheel wears a Ford crest and a leather-wrapped rim. It faces a woodgrain-trimmed instrument cluster incorporating operating controls, including air-conditioning, power-convertible-top, clock, and Philco® push-button AM radio, all directly facing the driver. Woodgrain dash trim continues to the passenger side with air-conditioning vents and a single “XL” emblem.
Under the hood, the original 390-cubic-inch, 300-horsepower Ford V8 commands a complete and correct engine bay. All components—including air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes—are properly in place. All surfaces (including on the Ford-blue air cleaner cover and valve covers) are original and the engine bay has not been detailed. Viewed from below, the chassis is straight and undamaged. The car's full-length dual-exhaust system is a visual focal point.
The Galaxie 500's original identification, data, and information tags remain mounted.
While the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '70 Galaxie 500 XL convertible in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Some cars just seem to exude the ethos of their times. Rarely these days can we enjoy such simple pleasures, but in the early Seventies, a night out for a drive-in dinner followed by a top-down trip to the outdoor movie (with a quiet ride home by way of some lover's lane) was about as good as it got. Just picture enjoying all that again in this big-block Ford Galaxie 500 XL, as its next owner is probably doing right now. (Thank goodness outdoor movies are making something of a comeback.)