1964 Ford Convertible with Just Under 73 Original Miles To Cross Auction Block during Food Lion AutoFair
Looking as though it just rolled off the Ford assembly line, an all-original 1964 Galaxie XL convertible with 72.8 documented miles will go to the highest bidder on Saturday of the Sept. 4-7 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The car's first owner, a farmer in Centralia, Ill., named Edgar Spenner, fell in love with Ford's line of full-size cars-especially the convertibles-when he saw the 1964 Auto Show section of Family Weekly. A year later, Spenner took delivery of a loaded 1964 Galaxie XL convertible powered by the mid-level 352-cubic-inch, 250-horsepower Interceptor four-barrel V-8 and outfitted with Ford's Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power steering, AM radio, whitewall tires and a host of interior trim luxuries such as bucket seats, center console, fender skirts and floor shifter.
Sticker price for the St. Louis-built Prairie Bronze convertible with the desirable XL package was a hefty $3,926.40 (that's $26,327.37 in today's money), but the shrewd farmer negotiated an out-the-door price of $3,333.46 (or $22,351.58 today). Spenner did not like the lap-only seatbelts, so they were removed before he took his first ride in the Galaxie.
Hindsight tells us Spenner should have test-driven his new car before purchasing it. On the way home, he discovered the convertible's optional power steering was not to his liking. In fact, Spenner found it so disagreeable that he parked the big Ford in his barn and never drove it again.
Spenner was apparently unaware of the car's relative rarity, and there is no indication he ever tried to sell it during his lifetime. Of the
37,311 Galaxie 500 V-8 convertibles Ford produced for 1964, only 15,169 were XL models. Using a 20-percent survival rate as a rule-of-thumb, that leaves around 3,000 still around in all conditions-from parts car to concours-his is likely the only survivor with less than 100 original miles.
After Spenner's death in 2006, the car went to a collector in Florida, but will be offered at no-reserve during the Tom Mack Classics auction at the Food Lion AutoFair.
Hundreds of other collectible cars are scheduled to cross the block during the auction on Friday and Saturday, including a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner with a Hemi V-8, a '62 Chevrolet Bel Air "bubbletop," a '67 Dodge Dart convertible and a '51 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 sedan.
The fall Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 120,000 visitors. It features more than 50 car club displays and more than 7,000 vendor spaces that offer a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia.
More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults while children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Parking for the event is $5.
For information, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit us online.