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YAK Car Pic of the Day

I should have posted this photo sooner. No, not just sooner today (hey, gimme a break, yesterday was Christmas!), but sooner in the month. You see, this 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback was photographed in the used car lot of Howell Motors Ford in Wrights Corners a while ago — it would have made a great Christmas gift for someone out there. This car is from an era when designers thought that large cars with sloped roofs looked good. This one’s not too bad; but then there was the original 1965 AMC Marlin (ugh), the first 1966-67 Dodge Charger (marginally better), and the Galaxie 500’s cousin, the 1968 Mercury Monterey (which, when looking for something good to write about, its brochure authors boasted about its “distinctive die-cast roof chevrons.” Wow.). The Galaxie 500 fastback did have decent sales, with 68,760 going out the door (compared to 84,332 of the conventional-roofed two-door hardtop). The fastback body style would be discontinued by Ford after the 1970 model. It would have looked just terrible grafted onto its boxy, restyled 1971 full-sized cars.

”66 AMC Marlin

’68 Mercury Monterey

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know