It's kind of strange to think of a Ford as being unusual, but if you're looking for a mid-50s machine that isn't a Chevy, this 1955 Ford Fairlane certainly fits the bill. It offers period-perfect colors, lots of flashy trim, and a sweet-running V8, all of which make it the perfect cruise night special for the guy who enjoys the journey more than the destination.
The mid-range Ford didn't hold back on chrome and trim, and the Fairlane was the kind of car you bought to show everyone you had truly arrived. Not as frumpy as a Lincoln, but sleek and well-proportioned. Originally paint code CE3, which was unusual Aquastone Blue over Showshoe White, that's how it was restored and still looks good today. A careful examination of the car shows that it was a complete disassembly and trim-off paint job and while it was done a few years ago, the quality workmanship is holding up rather well. It's been driven and enjoyed a bit and there are a few signs of age, but if it's a high-profile Ford you're looking for, this is a great choice because someone else has already put the first chip in it so all you have to do is drive and enjoy. All the chrome and trim was obviously restored at the same time, and it looks great with all those wonderful details that make these cars so special.
The interior was given a full makeover to match the bodywork and aside from a set of seat belts that are a welcome upgrade, it's got a perfect 1950s feel. The multi-panel cloth inserts make the bench seats comfortable for long hauls and the door panels are trimmed to match using the same materials and a chrome strip that echoes the stainless outside. There's just as much brightwork inside as out, and the detailing is especially impressive when you realize that this is a Ford, not a higher-priced car. The instrument panel is comprised of a dome-shaped speedometer with auxiliary gauges just underneath while three round pods in the center of the dash house the heater controls, radio, and clock, respectively. Replacement carpets, a color-matched steering wheel with horn ring, and a mostly original trunk with a correct mat and a radial spare tire make this a car that's ready to use.
Ford's 272 cubic inch V8 isn't going to win drag races, but it has plenty of pep around town and makes great V8 sounds on the open road. Smooth and torquey, it gives the Fairlane an effortless feeling that matches its look. Detailed in Ford Red engine enamel, a big open-element air cleaner, and those distinctive exhaust manifolds, it shows well but you don't have to be afraid of taking it for a drive. It's nice to see both power steering and power disc brakes on this car, which transform this car into one that anyone can use. The 3-speed manual transmission is easy to shift with light clutch action and with highway-friendly gears in back, it's the perfect choice for a long road trip. A brand new dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers gives it that mellow V8 tone and probably frees up a few horsepower along the way, while the rest of the chassis appears to be entirely original and in decent shape. Standard color-matched steel wheels with beautiful hubcaps give it the right look, along with bright 215/75/15 wide whitewall radials that give it great road manners.
This handsome Ford is an icon among guys who aren't fans of the bowtie brigade and it remains a great driver that will never fail to attract attention wherever it goes. Call today!