According to my 1962 Ford car and truck prices and specifications book second edition February 1962 you are right. Galaxie was the lowest trim level.
Thanks for the info. Did the fleet special have chrome door frames?Ford did make a low level car for 1962. It was officially subset of the Galaxie line. However it was not advertised to the general public, nor where any sent to dealers. In fact, even the Ford dealers didn't have any brochures on them at the dealerships. You would have had to gone through the corporate fleet leasing and buying department to get a brochure or a car. It was called the "Ford taxi and fleet special" according to the brochure. Nowhere in the brochure is the word Galaxie even mentioned. Most of the fleet specials and city/county/state cars were two door post sedans
These cars had bare minimum of everything, in abundance. Most were six cylinders, with manual shifts. A few had 292s in them. They had very weird options, like rpm/speed governor, heavy duty suspension, "extra-lean city carburetor," and other taxi like features.
Years ago there was a black 62 two door post sedan at a wrecking yard here in Phoenix. It had a slab vinyl seat in front, and no back seat. The rear side windows were fixed and had no cranks on them. It had a six with three speed manual, no power anything, and a radio and heater delete. Needless to say, it didn't have a clock! It had clear glass and no backup lights. Only the driver had a sunvisor and armrest. Where the back seat normally was, was instead a flat platform covered in rubber. The front floor had the remains of a black rubber mat. The car had absolutely no options and no creature comforts. From the junk that was inside of it, I think it may have been a city or county inspectors car. It's a shame this thing did not get saved and preserved, it had no rot or collision damage. Since then the closest thing to this I have seen is a red 62 fordor sedan, Galaxie series, with no radio, clock or heater. Just a 352 and C4 with Polaraire. The roof was painted white many years ago, but the car was coded to be solid red. On the dash was an ancient magnet that said "worlds best grandma." Its what I used to get parts for my '62 from. At least this thing had Polaraire!
Today it was 114 in Phoenix. Can you imagine anybody with that '62 stripper black two door post sedan and no air or anything on it, driving around here in the summer? It's certainly NOT what Jr. wants to ride in on his big summer route 66 trip from Chicago out to Disneyland with grandma and grandpa, stuck to that slab vinyl seat, no radio, windows up, one windwing barely cracked, vents open and blowing in 120 degree air under the dash, both grandparents smoking like chimneys, grandma filling the car with aqua-net on her hair every hour, and no radio, just endless hot desert! No Dennys or Sambos for you young man, you'll get the lunch granny packed; a liverwurst sandwich and hard boiled egg! Can't be stopping for lunch you know....have to make time hahaha.
Yes, they made strippers, but they were not advertised. Rarely on ebay I see the taxi/fleet special brochure for sale, but not very often.
it dont look like it says galaxie but looks like country squire...Astrojet, Can you explain to me why in the picture of the Tennessee State Trooper car it says Galaxie on the front fender if indeed it is a Mainline. Also the picture of the 63 K-9 station wagon is just a regular Country Sedan.