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Eye Candy: The 1966 Ford I’ve bought and sold twice

It was a beauty — a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 with springtime yellow body and black roof and interior

  • 1966 Ford Galaxie

The car: 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible.

The owners: Then, Hugh Revell of Etobicoke; now, Don and Kim Phaneuf of Everett, Ont., plus another family, way back.

The story: My love affair with this Ford convertible started in the summer of 1967 after I spotted it for sale in a classified ad in The Toronto Star. I followed up by phone; the car was only a short drive from my home so I went to see it that same night.

It was a beauty — a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 with springtime yellow body and black roof and interior. The owner said he worked for Ford in Oakville and had purchased it with extras. I was content that it had a gorgeous set of wheel covers that were not standard equipment. The odometer read 17,000 miles. I could not resist the thought of a top-down summer.

My wife and two children, Mark and Karen, who were 11 and 10 at the time, were thrilled when I arrived home with such a beautiful car, a huge step up from the rust buckets I ordinarily drove.

To complement the car, our next purchase was a canvas-top Sears tent trailer, and with the Ford’s top down, rain or shine, we travelled with our children to Expo 67 in Montreal.

There was never any worry of too much sun back then, and never a thought about wearing sun hats or sunscreen. There followed many years of great camping trips in Canada and the United States, always receiving approving looks, honking horns, and thumbs up for our beautiful tow car and rig.

On a sunny day in 1970, while it was still “top down” weather, an admiring neighbour approached, asking to buy the Ford for his wife. I was reluctant but let it go; the car moved up the street from 15 to 31. I watched it leave our driveway and thought to myself ,“Oh what have I done.”

About a year later, my friend confided that his wife did not appreciate the Ford and never took advantage of going topless. I now owned a 2-door Ford Custom which he thought could keep his wife happy, and so another deal was made and the Revells’ driveway sported the Ford convertible again.

During the winter I kept the convertible in my garage so it would be protected from the elements, and drove around in a winter beater. It was a great feeling to take my yellow Ford out the first spring day, and cruise wherever the road took me.

More memories were made as the convertible was introduced to grandchildren and their friends, who loved our drives on windy Muskoka roads. It was magical to watch movies at the Gravenhurst Drive-In; there were admiring looks from the girls no matter how much older the car or I were getting. In the 1980s, with about 90,000 miles on it, the 289 V8 became oil-thirsty. I put in a low-mileage replacement which performed well, and I continued my love affair.

That is, until a bout of ill health, and old age, 82, persuaded me to sell in October of 2014. The Galaxie 500 went to a caring home, and on a picture perfect day last summer transported the new owner and his lovely bride away from their marriage ceremony.

One photo included with this article was taken by a friend, showing me looking at my Ford on the day of the sale and again saying to myself, “Oh what have I done.”

But a recent note from the new owner of the car included an open invitation to take the car for a drive, and I believe it is worth sharing to complete my story. “The car is stored in a heated, dehumidified garage all winter,” they reassured me. They said they share my passion for the car which is not just “any Galaxie,” but a very special survivor.

Show us your candy: Got a cool custom or vintage car? Send us a picture of you and your family with your beauty, and tell us your story. And we like photos — the more the better — of the interior, trim, wheels, emblems, what you admire. Email wheels@thestar.ca and be sure to use “Eye Candy” in the subject line.

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Show us your candy: Got a cool custom or vintage car? Send us a picture of you and your family with your beauty, and tell us your story. And we like photos — the more the better — of the interior, trim, wheels, emblems, what you admire. Email wheels@thestar.ca and be sure to use “Eye Candy” in the subject line.

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