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1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Town Victoria [75A]

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie [75A] in La decima vittima, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US — Made for: I

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Town Victoria [75A]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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Jale PL

2009-09-13 18:43

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Lateef NO

2009-09-13 18:48

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1959 Ford Fairlane 500

EDIT: Or just Fairlane?

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rjluna2 US

2009-09-13 18:55

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With Italian indicator.

62imperial US

2009-09-13 20:04

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Fairlane 500 Galaxie with the wider rear pillars. Vey unusual at the time for a top of the line Ford to have the small hubcaps rather than the full wheel covers. I think the yellow is a lot brighter than the factory color, too.

vilero ES

2009-09-14 12:51

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Probably we should change all this 'model names' of 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie. According '59 Ford Production
'59 Fairlanes not 500 were pillared; Fairlanes 500 pillared were Club Sedan and Town Sedan and Fairlane 500 Hardtop (like the pic shows) were Club Victoria and Town Victoria but Fairlanes 500 had a completely different line end roof. Only the Galaxies had this roof and trim after rear window. And Galaxies were a different line not a line-inside the Fairlanes and, of course, there weren't Galaxies 500 in 1959.
This is a 'simple' Galaxie Town Victoria Hardtop(sedan)[75A]

If you check 1959 Ford Production(scroll down 2/3), I think we'll agree that this clasification must be changed

DAF555 SE

2009-09-15 00:35

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Well, it isnīt all that simple. The Galaxie was introduced during the 1959 modelyear, with the roofline of the Thunderbirds, they are considered as a top of the line Fairlane 500 as far as I know. Looking in 1959 sales material itīs not absolutely clear though and the cars all have Fairlane 500 badges on the trunk like in this brouchure: http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_itemId=42936&g2_imageViewsIndex=1
But the models described in the brouchure are called just Galaxie, so itīs not evident what Ford meant at the time. But I think they wanted to keep the connection with the Fairlanes to begin with, and from 1960 models Galaxie is a separate series.

Commander 57 US

2009-09-15 02:26

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Per NADA, the non-wagon 1959 Ford line-up was:
-Custom 300
-Fairlane
-Fairlane 500
-Galaxie.

Galaxie was unquestionably listed as a separate series and had its own model numbers.
(For instance, a Fairlane 500 4-door sedan was model #58B, while the Galaxie 4-door sedan was model #54A.)
I don't know if this was true at the begining of the model year or if the separate series came into being later on during the course of the year.

All were available as either a 6 or a V-8.

58Roadmaster US

2009-09-15 08:33

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The Galaxie was released later in the sales year. During this period there was a lot of hype for each manufacturer to unveil its latest models. The Galaxie was brought out by itself for a number of reasons of which I can only speculate. First, there may have been ends to tie up regarding the Galaxie Skyliner. Primarily however, having a separate release date draws to specific models a carefully calculated amount of attention.

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DAF555 SE

2009-09-15 14:45

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The bodycodes are different on the sedans since they donīt share bodies with the regular Fairlanes, if they had there would have been a different letter for the trimlevel. The Sunliner and Skyliner kept the same bodycode though when upgraded to Galaxie trim in october -58. Before that there were no Galaxies at all: http://www.lovefords.org/tech/production/59.htm

I believe that Ford used the timing mentioned above to get attention to their new modelname, well aware that they were soon going to drop the Fairlane name from the full-size line. For 1960 an 1961 the Fairlane series was reduced and Galaxie top of the full-size with no Fairlane badges, and for 1962 Fairlane was used on the new mid-size models.

This is sometimes used by manufacturers when phasing in a new name, they begin by putting it as a trim-level on their actual model. In this case the Fairlane 500. Looking in 1959 brouchures itīs rather obvious that Ford puts most attention to the Galaxie name, but I donīt think we can just ignore that the Galaxies for 1959 carry a large Fairlane 500 badge on the trunk.

Skywatcher68 US

2009-09-16 02:09

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DAF555 wrote This is sometimes used by manufacturers when phasing in a new name, they begin by putting it as a trim-level on their actual model. In this case the Fairlane 500. Looking in 1959 brouchures itīs rather obvious that Ford puts most attention to the Galaxie name, but I donīt think we can just ignore that the Galaxies for 1959 carry a large Fairlane 500 badge on the trunk.

The reason for which was that the center 0 contained the trunk lock and it would have been too expensive to redesign.


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DAF555 SE

2009-09-16 11:30

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Iīve heard that explanation before and I donīt find it very plausible since the necessary changes would have been some trim parts. They already had 3 different versions for covering the trunk lock on the Custom, Fairlane and Fairlane 500 models. Replacing the Fairlane badge with a Galaxie and making a new cover for the lock instead of the 500 badge would have been pocket money seen in the light of retooling the bodies for the Thunderbird roof.

Skywatcher68 US

2009-09-17 00:09

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DAF555 wrote Iīve heard that explanation before and I donīt find it very plausible since the necessary changes would have been some trim parts. ... Replacing the Fairlane badge with a Galaxie and making a new cover for the lock instead of the 500 badge would have been pocket money seen in the light of retooling the bodies for the Thunderbird roof.

We're not talking about just some simple trim cover. The entire mechanism was integrated with that badge, including the big "V".


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DAF555 SE

2009-09-17 02:45

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This is how the trim looks for the 59 Fords:
http://amcar.fvn.no/brochures/ford/59ford/7.html
http://amcar.fvn.no/brochures/ford/59ford/6.html
http://amcar.fvn.no/brochures/ford/59ford/5.html

Isnīt the mechanism hidden inside the trunklid on these? And wouldnīt it function without any of the shown trim?

It canīt possibly have been that complicated and costly to replace, that they left it after making considerable bodychanges. And then went on selling about 450000 of them hoping that nobody would notice that their new model Galaxie wore a Fairlane badge in the rear.

Itīs left there for a reason, and I suspect itīs for continuity.

-- Last edit: 2009-09-17 12:31:56

Skywatcher68 US

2009-09-19 23:31

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I misstated while trying to point out that the "cover" is not as simple as you seem to think.
DAF555 wrote http://amcar.fvn.no/brochures/ford/59ford/5.html

As I was saying, the 500 was part of that "V". There's no way to remove one without removing the other. I'm not certain but the bezels for the reverse lights may have been included in that single unit as well.

DAF555 SE

2009-09-30 12:06

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From the spareparts catalogue:

[Image: 196131-Ford59.jpg]

The "V" for the cars with trunk is in three pieces and does not include reverse lights, the "500" is made of three lose pieces "sitting" on the "V", the middle "0" covers the lock and thereīs place made in the "V" for it. The lock itself has the same spareparts number as the Customs and regular Fairlanes.

So Ford would have had to design a new cover in the middle of the "V" to cover the lock instead of the numbers. Iīm sure they would have figured out something if they wanted. It wouldnīt have been that costly that they couldnīt afford it when the production reached towards half a million cars, especially considering that they made a special "V" for the Skyliners. Itīs in one piece since thereīs no trunk on them, and the production stopped at 12.915 cars.

DAF555 SE

2009-09-30 16:39

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In most prints I have seen Ford puts most attention to the Galaxie name. However, in some release-material it is actually mentioned as part of the Fairlane 500 series, as in this brochure:

[Image: 196155-1959_ford_brochure_1.jpg]



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Commander 57 US

2009-09-30 17:21

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Do you have the release date for that brochure? Could Ford have later decided to separate the Galaxie fully from the Fairlane 500?

DAF555 SE

2009-10-01 20:57

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No, Iīve got only this page so I donīt know printing date.

But itīs obvious that Ford considered it a part of the Fairlane 500 series, and I think they carefully planned the introduction of this model and kept a little connection with the old name until next body was introduced for 1960.

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