For most rare and desirable old muscle cars, life these days is pretty pampered. They tend to live in climate-controlled garages, rarely get driven (and when they are driven, they rarely get driven hard), and change hands for rather staggering sums of money. They are, if you will, the one-percenters of the American classic car market.
So it’s rather odd to see a genuine big-block, 4-speed 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL two-door hardtop in such a state of disrepair. But that’s exactly the state the one belonging to a Vermont-based mechanic/camera equipment maker named Bill is in. The lower flanks of this full-size Ford look like the surface of Mars, and the paint has long since given up the ghost. But that’s okay, because it means Bill can drive it without worry and just have fun. And isn’t that what these cars are supposed to be about?