Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ford Week 2 of 4: 1965 Ford Custom 500

Basically a downmarket Galaxie, the Custom 500, and even cheaper Custom, were the cheapest full size Fords through much of the sixties and seventies. 1965 was the first year of the new third-gen cars, with the handsome squared-off styling and stacked headlights. The Custom 500, of course, was treated to very little chrome, dog-dish hubcaps, and, interestingly, the previous car's circular lights adapted to fit in the new housings. This '65 is about as basic and honest as they come; the white paint and simple trim fits the model perfectly.



  1. Seeing this particular car and in the exact shape that it's in, reminds me of something I would have seen growing up. I currently live and also grew up. (NY-NJ Area 30 miles outside of NYC) The image that this car reminds me of, is seeing something like a 60-65 year-old widow owning something that looks exactly like this around 1978-84. Actually a woman of that age in these modern times would drive a much newer car. It's kind of hard to describe but I just don't find blue collar working-class senior citizens in my area anymore, & this car reflects what I used to see 30-35 years ago.

    1. Richard, I owned one of these in the fall of '76. Mine was a wagon that saw service
      as a State Of Illinois civil service vehicle. It was this same White color with dogdish
      hubcaps. It didn't even have a radio, but that old wagon would run. It also had a
      3-speed tranny too. I know what you mean about those widow ladies and their
      wonderful old cars. A friend of my Dad's bought a running '41 Olds sedan for $50.00
      back in 1970. My Dad and his friend were police officers at that time and were chasing
      a burglary suspect down a dead end street. After they got their man, Dad's friend
      looked to his left and saw the car parked in a garage on that side of the street. A
      couple of days later, the friend bought the car which turned out to be an 8 cylinder/
      Hydramatic model that only needed to be tuned up and washed to be a daily driver.
      When he showed it to us, we couldn't believe how nice it was. Ya' just don't know
      what's in an old widow's garage!


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