1956 Ford Fairlane
Here's your chance to get your hands on something rare, beautiful, and exceptionally interesting. This 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria made up less than 2% of Fairlane production, so you'll likely never find one again that looks so correct, or so nice. Finished in its factory-correct Fiesta Red and Colonial White, the restored paintwork is definitely a product of the flashy 1950s. Fords were instantly recognizable with their sweeping chrome trim dividing the two-tone combinations, extending from the headlight all the way back to the tail. It's easy to distinguish the Crown Victorias as the highest level of the already top-of-the-line Ford Fairlanes, because only these have the encompassing brightwork that visually separates the front and rear passenger compartments. The total effect of all this chrome, and the optional fender skirts, give this coupe the lower, wider, and longer feel that everyone in Detroit strove for back then. Today it takes an exceptionally straight Ford like this one to wear all of the intricate brightwork correctly. The matching two-tone interior appears just like it did the day it left the Louisville, Kentucky factory in 1956. The seats were re-covered during restoration so that white vinyl is pure and pristine. In the highest echelon of Ford coupes, even the rear seats got the same style treatment, and the roomy bench even has an armrest for individual luxury. The stylish door panels have a similar swoopy design to emulate the exterior trim, and it wraps into the dashboard in a continuous sweep. This was the year of Ford's Lifeguard safety package, which added some interesting items like the seatbelts, padded dashboard, and the cool recessed gauge package. Just from sitting from behind the wheel, everything feels like a time machine back to the '50s, right down to the heater/defrost controls. The only exception is an AM/FM radio with modern digital tuner that fits into the original knob and chrome trim. There are also auxiliary gauges for oil, water, and power so you know exactly what's going on in the engine bay at all times. The Thunderbird badging on the front fender is no accident. Pop the hood and you'll find a 292 cubic-inch Ford Y-block V8 motor. That was an optional powerplant borrowed from Ford's ultimate personal cruiser, the Thunderbird. It's a not only one of the largest motors Ford offered back then, but it also came standard with a Holley four-barrel carburetor to give this coupe the power to be an anywhere kind of cruiser. This Crown Vic has been so authentic so far, that you absolutely should expect the same level from the restoration in the engine bay. The motor wears its correct oil bath air cleaner, Thunderbird-style valve covers, and a bright red engine block. This is mated to the optional Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, and the dual exhaust makes a nice sound as it stylishly exits through two slots in the rear bumper. It's these kind of luxury touches that keep the Fairlane Crown Victoria one of the coolest ways aimlessly wander the boulevard on a Saturday night. Of course when the Sunday car show comes, you'll be glad this one is on wire wheels with reproduction whitewalls for the ultimate 1950s tribute. This is a rare Ford that has been restored to an exceptional level of quality and even comes with the correct owner's manual. Don't let something this beautiful slip through your fingers. Call today!!