1958 Ford Fairlane 500

The Ford Fairlane was sold between 1955 and 1970 by Ford with the name sourced 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 body style 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

Related Reading : Ford Fairlane History

The name Fairlane came from Henry Fords Fair Lane mansion location in Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford Fairlane was introduced in 1955 as Fords full-size model and was available in six different body styles. The vehicle could be assembled as a 2 door club sedan, a 4 door town sedan, a Victoria 2 door hardtop, a Sunliner convertible, a Crown Victoria, or a Crown Victoria with a plastic top. There....
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1958 Vehicle Profiles

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 vehicle information

Skyliner Convertible

The Ford retractable roof was originally developed for the limited-production Continental Mark II. With the price of the Mark II already so high, Ford decided against adding the retractable roof feature, as it would further inflate the price of a car....[continue reading]

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 vehicle information

Skyliner Convertible

This 1958 Ford Fairlane 500, Skyliner Retractable Convertible was purchased by the present owner in 1972, when he was sixteen years old. The purchase price at that time was $200 and a used shotgun was worth about $50.

Ford produced the Skyl....[continue reading]

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 vehicle information

Sunliner Convertible

Chassis Num: G8MC104765

The 1958 model year was filled with extravagant and flamboyant designs with large tailfins and lots of chrome. The Fairlane 500 range was part of the Fairlane series and adorned with trim options and chrome. There was a double runner chorme strip w....[continue reading]

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 vehicle information

Skyliner Convertible

Chassis Num: H8KW159694

This 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop is finished in red and white and is the recipient of a frame-off restoration. It has dual chrome side view mirrors, fender skirts, and a continental kit. The list of amenities includes a push....[continue reading]

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 vehicle information

Skyliner Convertible

Chassis Num: B8EW209851

The Skyliner was introduced in 1957 and produced for three years. With the flip of a switch, the car's retractable metal hardtop would move into a compartment under the rear deck. Although the process was smooth and easy, its components were complex,....[continue reading]

Skyliner Convertible
 
Skyliner Convertible
 
Sunliner Convertible
Chassis #: G8MC104765 
Skyliner Convertible
Chassis #: H8KW159694 
Skyliner Convertible
Chassis #: B8EW209851 

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Price Comparison

1958 Fairlane 500
$3,140-$18,600
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Price Range: $2,475 - $3,140

$1,505 - $2,165
$3,628 - $3,912

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)1,525,404
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)1,476,031
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,338,790
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,439,370
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,450,953
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)987,945
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,676,449
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)1,408,478
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)1,451,157
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,165,942
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)1,247,542

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