(No this is not a Torino, this is a Galaxie 500 XL-GT one of only1,855 fastbacks built.)
I don't talk a much about how I came to buy this car but makes me proud and sad at the same time.
My brother and I were very close both loved cars well he was killed in Vietnam in March 1968. We had kept in touch as best as possible. He always wanted to know about the new model year cars so I would send him literature of what I liked and he would agree or disagree. The 68 Galaxie XL caught both our attention the hideaway head lights and the brochure that showed the XL- GT profile in the sunset I still have that brochure.
I was left his death benefit so I started looking for an XL-GT, none to be found on a Texas dealers lot so I ordered the car.
The car was built at the Dallas, TX. assembly plant and took possession in late April 1968.
This car had a build price of $4,900 range was an expensive Ford that day and time.
Q code 428
C6 quick shift automatic transmission
GT Suspension, bigger brakes shocks handling package, mid body stripes.
AM 8 Track factory radio
Bucket seats, console
I joined the army shortly after receiving the car my Mom kept it till I returned state side.
I married in 1969, have one daughter, this car was a daily driver for the first eight years.
The car still has the original factory paint, chrome, trim, striping, engine, drivetrain and interior
The car has 109,000 miles on the odometer, I finally rebuilt the engine in 2002. I took the car to
Fords 100th Anniversary in 2003 and found one other 68 XL-GT there he was from Green Bay Wisconsin.
We have been friends ever since his is solid Red and ordered his new as well. I found out then that I had something fairly rare and he encouraged me to start showing the car.
I have enjoyed the other photos and story's very much!