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
Wheelbase 115.5 in.
Weight 3,217 lbs.
Engine Y-block V-8, overhead valve, 8
Displacement 312 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 225 @ 4,600 R.P.M.
Bore 3.80 in.
Stroke 3.44 in.
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
Displacement 292 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 200 @ 4,400 R.P.M.
Bore 3.75 in.
Stroke 3.30 in.
Brussels World's Fair
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