I am the fifth
owner of my 61 Mercury Meteor 800....the car was built in the Los Angeles plant on October 17, 1960, and was sold at Berkeley Motors in Berkeley, CA. It was sold to Professor W.F. Langelier, who it appears was a professor at UC Berkeley. He died in 1981, and the car went to his caretaker; an older woman who owned it until she passed away in 2003. She was very meticulous about her record keeping; I have all of the receipts for any work that's been done to the car, including the original dealer window sticker, the warranty sheet, and the owner's manual. She was also very careful about caring for the car; it was kept in a garage when it was not being driven, so the paint still shines like it's brand new. Strangely, she had the engine rebuilt in 1982 when it only had 24,000 miles on it, but I suspect she may have done that so she would be able to run unleaded gasoline.
After she passed away, the car was acquired by means of estate by a man who worked on her property. He later turned around and sold it to the guy I bought it from. The guy I bought it from mostly bought it to look cool; he didn't do any actual maintenance to it.....when I got it the carburetor adjustment needles were so out of tune (VERY rich) that it actually backfired and blew apart the muffler when I went to start it one day
I bought it from him through an ad on craigslist....I've been working on it non-stop and I don't think I'll ever be finished, but she's a rare, beautiful old girl, and she's worth every penny.
Off-topic, and I know it's not a Galaxie, but my 64 T-Bird was purchased by my dad brand new in December of 1963 from Pearson Ford in San Diego. It was his primary method of transportation until a few years ago when he bought a '59 Edsel Ranger 2-door.