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Ford Fairlane

Named for Henry Ford's estate, the Fairlane began as a full-sized car in 1955 but had become a mid-sized car by the time the model was retired in 1970.

The Fairlane Crown Victoria was introduced as a special two-door hardtop in 1955. Its most distinguishing feature was a stainless stell "tiara" roof band that stylist Dave Ashe originally created for the X-100 and Mystere show cars. A Skyliner roof with tinted transparent plexiglass front panel was optional. New for 1956 were 12-volt electronics. Optional Lifeguard safety features included a recessed steering wheel and seat belts. Ford built 9,812 Crown Victorias in 1955, including 603 with Skyliner tops.

Wheelbase 115.5 in.
Weight 3,217 lbs.
Engine Y-block V-8, overhead valve, 8 cylinders
Displacement 312 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 225 @ 4,600 R.P.M.
Bore 3.80 in.
Stroke 3.44 in.

1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

The 1959 Fairlane models took a Gold Medal for exceptional styling at the Brussels World's Fair. Major appearance changes over 1958 included a new grille with a pattern of floating stylized stars, a slimmer and flatter roofline, a flat hood and rear deck, and massive taillights. Ford features included a Lifeguard frame, an improved Automatic Ride Control suspension, Tyrex tires, and a simplified Fordamatic transmission. The Fairlane 500 was the fanciest Ford at the start of 1959, until the Galaxie was introduced. The Galaxie line included the Skyliner retractable hardtop, the conventional Sunliner convertible, and four hardtop versions. A total of 45,868 Sunliners were sold.

Wheelbase 118 in.
Weight 3,628 lbs.
Engine vee-block, overhead valve, 8 cylinders
Displacement 292 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 200 @ 4,400 R.P.M.
Bore 3.75 in.
Stroke 3.30 in.

advertisement for the 1959 Fairlane

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner Convertible

See Also

Henry Ford
Brussels World's Fair

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