Ford's historic Victoria name returned to the top-tier car in 1955,
and none showed off the premium style better than the 1955 Ford
Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner. Not only did it have elegant
lines, but also the big clear bubble top roof makes it extremely
distinctive and extremely rare.
Fords were instantly recognizable with their sweeping chrome trim
extending from the headlight all the way back to the tail -
creating the perfect dividing line the two-tone red and white.
Furthermore, it's easy to distinguish the Crown Victorias as the
upper echelon 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. This looks
quite tasteful on the regular coupes, but the band of bright trim
over the roof seems to be tailor-made for the Skyliner series. It's
perfect to showcase the Plexiglas roof section that gives the front
seat such a panoramic view and lets this Skyliner earn its name.
These were an expensive feature when new that cost even more than a
convertible. Thus, there were only 1,999 examples made, and you can
only imagine the increased rarity 65+ years later. So it's the kind
of car that receives plenty of attention from collectors in the
know, and just fans of something distinct. That's why they made
sure this one continues to present well. The paint is an older
respray that still retains a good gloss, the chrome has a
mirror-like shine, and everything fits together well. And there's
also plenty of elegant touches with the wire wheel covers,
whitewall tires, rear fender skirts, and the added continental kit
on the rear.
The red and white theme is continued inside the car, and there is
an overall clean and handsome presentation that makes this quite
inviting. The front seats have a great pattern, and they have a
more individualized style than the standard bench. But our favorite
style element is how the door panels have a similar swoopy design
to emulate the exterior trim. These door panels even wrap into the
dashboard in a continuous sweep. The driver's seat feels like a
time machine back to the '50s, including the stylized steering
wheel and the AM radio that's there for display. And the
speedometer reminds you that Ford was ready to show off the new
Plexiglas era on more than just the special roof. And speaking of
the roof, these were often used as a selling point for dealers to
install an air conditioning system. So to have a period-correct
Frigiking A/C still on display really helps tell this car's unique
and premium story (you will need to service it to have it fully
This is a U-code car, and so that means it was born with V8 power.
That's why it's great to see such a correct-looking 272 cubic-inch
motor under the hood today. The V8 has nice acceleration; the dual
exhaust has a nice low rumble; and the optional two-speed automatic
transmission gives it a nice cruising attitude. That's why, in
total, it's such a nice classic. Add in power steering, and it's
easy to keep this Fairlane Crown Victoria wandering the boulevards
on a Saturday night.
This is the rare coupe that knows how to let the sunshine in. So
it's time to let it into your life. Call today!!!