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By 1955, the one-size car to fit all-customers era ended, and by 1960, Ford offered compact, mid-size, and full-size cars. While Ford's Mustang and Thunderbird stole the headlines, Ford's full-size models, the Galaxies, Fairlanes, XL/500s, LTD, Crown Victorias, and others, delivered exceptional comfort, performance, and style in a variety of different trim levels and power train packages. For families, the full-size car was the chosen mode of transportation. Many owners remember these cars from their youth, and hold them in high regard. These models populated the roads and garages because Ford offered a full range of cars with the base six-cylinder engines all the way up to the high-performance 429 cubic-inch V-8.

Full Size Fords: 1955-1970 is a fascinating retrospective of the cars - the design process, manufacturing, equipment packages, and a thorough listing of options, interior patterns, and paint codes. All models from 1955 to 1970 that brought Ford to dominance in the full-size category are revealed in compelling detail. The introduction of the Galaxie, the development of the Skyliner retractable roof car, the radical redesign of the 1960 models to counter Chevy's new sedan, and much more is covered. Period magazine reviews provide insight and perspective of the driving experience and performance of various full-size models. A fascinating retrospective on Ford Y-Block engines as well as Ford FE engine family and the new for 1970 Lima series engine is also provided. In addition, author David Temple examines Ford's racing exploits, featuring the dual-quad 427 Cammer engine, the Galaxie Grand National race car, and factory and lightweight drag cars.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

By 1955, the one-size car to fit all-customers era ended, and by 1960, Ford offered compact, mid-size, and full-size cars. While Ford's Mustang and Thunderbird stole the headlines, Ford's full-size models, the Galaxies, Fairlanes, XL/500s, LTD, Crown Victorias, and others, delivered exceptional comfort, performance, and style in a variety of different trim levels and power train packages. For families, the full-size car was the chosen mode of transportation. Many owners remember these cars from their youth, and hold them in high regard. These models populated the roads and garages because Ford offered a full range of cars with the base six-cylinder engines all the way up to the high-performance 429 cubic-inch V-8.

Full Size Fords: 1955-1970 is a fascinating retrospective of the cars - the design process, manufacturing, equipment packages, and a thorough listing of options, interior patterns, and paint codes. All models from 1955 to 1970 that brought Ford to dominance in the full-size category are revealed in compelling detail. The introduction of the Galaxie, the development of the Skyliner retractable roof car, the radical redesign of the 1960 models to counter Chevy's new sedan, and much more is covered. Period magazine reviews provide insight and perspective of the driving experience and performance of various full-size models. A fascinating retrospective on Ford Y-Block engines as well as Ford FE engine family and the new for 1970 Lima series engine is also provided. In addition, author David Temple examines Ford's racing exploits, featuring the dual-quad 427 Cammer engine, the Galaxie Grand National race car, and factory and lightweight drag cars.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 316 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613250709
Product Code : SA176P

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Gale Halderman

Preface

 

Chapter 1: 1955–1956: Y-Blocks, a Crown, a Sunroof and Safety 

More Power

Features and Models 

Interior Design

1956: Lifeguard Design

1955–1956 Road Tests 

1955–1956 Sales Summary 

 

Chapter 2: 1957: Fins, Supercharging and a Flip Top 

The Lineup

A True Hardtop Convertible 

Harmonizing Colors 

Options and Accessories 

Engines

Road Testing

Racing and the AMA Ban

Mystere

 

Chapter 3: 1958–1959: The FE-Engine, Cruise-O-Matic and the Thunderbird Look 

The New FE

Cruise-O-Matic

Road Testing

Exterior Styling 

Ford’s Global Tour 

Air Suspension and Other Goodies

Interiors and Paint

Sales Weaken

1959: Gold Medal Winner

Quietly Impressive; No Buck Rogers 

Interior and Paint Choices 

La Galaxie

 

Chapter 4: 1960: The Controversial Look and the Return of High Performance 

Models and Trim

Upholstery and Paint

Engines and Transmissions 

Available Options 

The 352-Powered Starliner

Fords in Racing Competition 

Quicksilver

 

Chapter 5: 1961: The Classic Look and More Horsepower

Sixteen Models

More Cubic Inches, More Power 

Racing

Standard and Optional Equipment

Paint and Interior 

Looking Ahead

 

Chapter 6: 1962–1963: The Extra Lively Ones 

The 1962 Lineup

Extra-Cost Equipment 

Paint and Upholstery Choices

Engines and Transmissions 

Racing Challenges

Production Numbers 

1963: The Start of Something Big 

Revised Lineup

Standard and Optional Features

Colors and Upholstery 

Impressive Machine

 

Chapter 7: 196312–1964: The Fastback and Total Performance 

Big Victories and Lightweight Galaxie 500s

Great Year in Sales 

1964: Car of the Year 

The New Look and Lineup

Paint and Upholstery

Options and Accessories 

Win, Win, Win 

Sales Figures Jump 

Caravan of Stars, 1963–1964

 

Chapter 8: 1965–1966: Luxury and the NASCAR Dispute 

The Road to Roof Changes

The New LTD

Models and Features 

Ford LTD Limousine Program

LTD Executive and Green Mist

Paint and Upholstery Choices

Extra-Cost Hardware

Racing Domination 

Production Numbers 

1966: The Beat Goes On

Paint and Upholstery

Galaxie 500 7-Litre 

Magic Cruiser and Black Pearl

Ford Withdraws from NASCAR

Production Numbers

 

Chapter 9: 1967–1968: More Emphasis on Luxury

Standard Features

Extra-Cost Items

Paint and Upholstery

Road Test Results 

Magic Cruiser II and XL Interceptor

Production Numbers

1968: Quiet, Strong, Beautiful

Standard Equipment

Paint Colors

Options and Accessories 

XL Road Test 

Fiera

Production Numbers

 

Chapter 10: 1969–1970: Wider, Longer, Quieter

Standard Features

Options and Accessories

Exterior Colors

Road Test

Aurora II

Production Numbers 

1970: “The Going Thing”

Standard Features

Extra-Cost Equipment 

Exterior Colors 

Road Test

Production Numbers 

Epilogue

 

Chapter 11: 1955–1970: Fleet Cars

Ford Police Cars

Ford Taxis

Other Special-Duty Fords

 

Chapter 12: 1955–1970: Foreign Full-Size Fords 

Australia 

Brazil

Canada 

Mexico 

South Africa 

 

Afterword: R.I.P.—Rusing In Pieces 

 

Appendix

Engines and Engine Codes (U.S. Only) 

Paint Color Codes (U.S. Only) 

A Note About “Standard” And

“Not Available”

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