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RE: "what did a Galaxie have 500 of?"

Auto makers usually just picked some numbers that sounded good, and generally a higher number designated a larger or better equipt model.

My guess is that Ford used "500" to infer an association with the two most famous races in the US; Indianapolis and Daytona.

Now why "Galaxie" is a real good question. (although I'm sure the guy that came up with "XL" got a bonus!)
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