1955 Ford Fairlane

Production of the Ford Fairlane began in 1955 and ceased in 1971. During its initial offering, it was a full-sized family vehicle. In 1957, convertible and retractable option became available. Throughout it's life span, it could be had in eight different body styles including the 2 and 4 door models, and wagons.

In 1962, the Fairlane became Ford's flagship for the mid-size market. Its size fell between the compact Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie. During its introduction to the mid-size market, it accounted for twenty-percent of Fords total production.

The Fairlane was based on the Falcon's chassis and was available as a two or four door sedan.

The front suspension consisted of upper and lower control arms. Due to the front springs mounted on top of the upper arms, there was limited room in the engine compartment. The base engine was a 170 cubic-inch V6 power-plant that was capable of producing a little over 100 horsepower. A 221 cubic-inch V8 producing 145 horsepower was available as optional equipment. This small block engine was commonly referred to as 'the world's first economy eight'.

In 1963, Ford began offering additional engine options to improve the performance of the vehicle. The first was a 260 cubic-inch engine capable of producing 164 horsepower and cost an additional 150 dollars. The second was a High Performance 289 cubic-inch engine that was rated at over 270 horsepower and would set the owner back an additional 425 dollars.

The engines were not the only options available on the Fairlane. Power brakes, seat belts, air-conditioning, AM radio, and power steering could be added to customize the vehicle to suit the buyer's needs.

There were small changes, in 1963, to the front and rear of the vehicle. The most noticeable was in the front-end where it received a revised grill that made it resemble the Ford Galaxie.

In 1964, it was the rear of the vehicle that received the most visible updates. The tail fins were removed. Mechanical changes for this year included modifications to the suspension. A 'Cruise-O-Matic' and 'Fordomatic' transmission were new options for the 1964 model year.

The interior of the vehicle received luxuries such as carpeting, vinyl, and turn signals that would stop after a sharp or slight turns.

The big news for 1964 was the 'Thunderbolt'. This was a vehicle based on the Fairlane and fitted with a 427 cubic-inch high riser V8 engine. Its purpose was to dominate the drag strip. Fifty-four examples of these legendary monsters were produced.

1965 was the final year of production for the mid-sized Fairlane. The car grew in size, as did the base engine. The 170 cubic-inch V6 was replaced with a 120 horsepower 220 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine. The 260 cubic-inch V8 option was no longer being offered.

The steering wheel was made smaller to make it easier on the larger individuals when they were getting into and out-of the vehicle.

In 1966, the size of the Fairlane once again increased bringing it close to the full-size vehicle segment. With the increase in size, larger engines were now able to be inserted into the engine compartment. The 427 cubic-inch dual carburetor engine and 4-speed manual transmission were two popular performance options. Ford created fifty-seven Fairlanes with fiberglass hoods and 427 V8's with stripped-down racing accommodations. The purpose-built vehicles were created to dominate the racing scene.

The convertible option was re-introduced. The headlamp design was now dual-stacked.

The GT models were equipped with 390 cubic-inch big block engines, 4-speed manual transmission, bucket seats, and consoles. The GTA were the same as the GT versions but featured an automatic transmission, thus the 'A' at the end of the name.

In 1967 the performance of the vehicle was again improved with the addition of disc brakes replacing the drums. Emblem designs, body side trim and interior patterns received modifications, but style and mechanics mostly remained the same for the 1967 model year.

The 1968 model was redesigned completely. It now sat atop a new body style design sharing a platform with the Torino. The low and mid-range versions were referred to as Fairlanes while the high-end and GT models were Torino's.

In 1969, the Fairlane received a performance option dubbed the Fairlane Cobra. It featured a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8, 4-speed manual floor shifter, bucket seats and a suspension that had been modified to mimic the other performance components.

Ford began promoting the Torino name and phasing out the Fairlane. The Fairlane was available up through 1971 but only in selected trims. The Fairlane name became associated with the economy, lower end models.

Throughout its life span, the Fairlane had gone through many variations and revisions. It began as a full-size vehicle. Later, a convertible option became available. As it entered a new arena for Ford in 1962, the mid-size segment, it became an instant success. From there, it grew in size and performance until it began flirting with the full-size market segment again in 1968. It was always considered an economy vehicle but options were available to beef-up the performance and make it a true drag-strip competitor.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2008
1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Sunliner Convertible

Chassis Num: U5BC144668

1955 was a strong year for the American car industry and Ford in particular. There were 49,966 Fairlane Sunliners produced during that year and it easily outsold its closest competitor, the Chevy Bel Air convertible which saw only 41,292 examples pr....[continue reading]

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Crown Victoria Hardtop

The 1955 Ford was advertised as a car with the feeling of motion built into the basic shape of the car itself....with imaginative styling, chrome and stainless trim, fresh new colors, and modern interiors. 1955 would be the first year of the Crown V....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Crown Victoria Skyliner

The completely redesigned 1955 Ford Fairlane was named after Henry Ford's estate on the Rouge River in Dearborn.....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Crown Victoria Hardtop

Chassis Num: U5RW-147929

The bodystyle for the 1955 Fairlane was new though the mechanical components remained mostly unchanged. The Mileage Maker straight-6 engine displaced 223 cubic-inches and produced 120 horsepower. A new optional 272 cubic-inch Y-block V8 offered even ....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Sunliner Convertible

There were 49,966 Sunliner Convertible Coupe body styles produced in 1955. They featured new sheet metal with a wrap-around windshield and rode on a 115.5-inch wheelbase chassis. The inside featured a new instrument panel design that retained the see....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Crown Victoria Hardtop

In 1955, Ford offered a completely redesigned model - both inside and out. The new design provided longer, lower and wider bodies - the lowest being Ford's new Crown Victoria, which was the company's first closed car under five feet high. ....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Crown Victoria Skyliner

Chassis Num: U5RW-134768

The Ford Crestline Skyliner and Mercury Monterey Sun Valley (called the Monarch Lucerne in Canada) were introduced for the 1954 model year. The X-100 and X-500 show cars provided the inspiration for the two-door hardtops. Both featured a tinted Plexi....[continue reading]

1955 Ford Fairlane vehicle information

Crown Victoria Hardtop

This Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria was in private hands for over four decades. It is powered by a 272 CID V8 engine and has a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. It has air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, and an AM radio with additional F....[continue reading]

Sunliner Convertible
Chassis #: U5BC144668 
Crown Victoria Hardtop
 
Crown Victoria Skyliner
 
Crown Victoria Hardtop
Chassis #: U5RW-147929 
Sunliner Convertible
 
Crown Victoria Hardtop
 
Crown Victoria Skyliner
Chassis #: U5RW-134768 
Crown Victoria Hardtop
 

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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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