My first car was a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door hardtop that my dad got for my 17th birthday in 1973. This was in Warren, Mich. I loved the car. The rear door was so large it took seven-and-a-half cranks to wind the rear window down. In 1978 I moved to southern California and my dad helped me tow it behind his camper all the way. Sad thing was the old Galaxie couldn't beat the Michigan winters and was too rusty. In 1980 a friend suggested I buy a California Galaxie. So in 1980 I purchased a 1964 Galaxie 500XL two-door hardtop and I swapped over parts from my original '64. I still own the '64 XL hardtop and drove it from 1980 to 2002 as a daily driver. It is semi-retired now, but still I drive it and have a blast with it. It has a 390 V8, automatic, buckets seats and center console with a floor shift.