The Ford Fairlane was sold between 1955 and 1970 by the Ford with the name taken from Henry Ford's estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan.
For 1958, Ford introduced a restyled full size lineup with distinctive quad headlights and styling cues inspired by the new Thunderbird. There was a wide mesh front grille, an imitation hood scoop, oblong tail lights with twin main elements and diagonal tailfins. In keeping with the Detroit fashion of the era, the new Fairlane was wider, lower and long. New big-block FE V8 engines of 332 and 352 CID (5.4 L and5.8 L) replaced the previous largest V8s, and a better three-speed automatic transmission was also available.
The 1958 Fairlane was available as a 4-door town sedan, 4-door town victoria, 2-door club sedan, and a 2-door club victoria. The Fairlane featured chrome window moldings with the Fairlane 500 models receiving slightly more chrome around the 'C' pillar. Fairlane script could be found near the grille opening and on the rear fenders.
The top-of-the-line Fairlane trim level was the 500 Models. They were given additional exterior treatments that included more chrome and Fairlane 500 nameplates. Bodystyles included all the options found on the base Fairlane plus added a Sunliner Convertible and a Skyliner Convertible.
Total production for all Fairlanes accounted for 306,429 units. The most popular bodystyle was the 4-door town sedan which found 105,698 willing buyers. Just 14,713 examples of the Skyliner Convertible were built.
The base six cylinder engine was a 223 cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder unit offering 145 horsepower. The base V8 was a 292 CID that had just over 200 horsepower.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2018