1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria
Any time we get stunning 50s era Detroit metal into our Classic
Auto Mall showroom, it tends to attract a lot of attention and
usually doesn't stick around very long. This is a 1955 Ford
Fairlane Crown Victoria that has been painstakingly restored to its
top of the Ford line status. It's the perfect car for anyone who
wants an accurate, exceptionally well-done restoration for half the
price of doing it themselves.
There is 50's cool then there is 50's AWESOME and this car
definitely fits the latter. The beneficiary of a full on
restoration, this classic is dripping with all the trappings one
would expect from a luxury car of that era...Continental kit rear
bumper, tons of chrome, factory front and rear bumper guards,
fender skirts, and the list goes on and on.
With a true to form 50's color palette, we are greeted with
straight steel panels minding their gaps, and bathed in two tone
Mandarin Orange, and Colonial White. It is broken up by the
polished stainless steel of the now famous 'Fairlane strip' which
flows gracefully from the top of the front fenders down the side of
the car and hits the taillights mid fender. Centered on the
'Fairlane strip' in the middle of the doors are great looking
badging emblems with gold crown, and silver Victoria in your
grandmother's handwriting. Along the rocker panels of the car
spotless stainless trim highlights pronounced rear fender skirts.
Perfect glass that is in excellent shape all around is accented by
the Crown Victoria exclusive chrome 'basket handle' roof piece and
stainless window trim. The roof is pretty in Mandarin Orange. Out
back, the jet-age taillight lenses look new and are topped by a
small fin which houses the backup lights. The trunk is backed by a
Continental bumper complete with metal enclosed spare tire. Details
abound, with lightly tinted glass, lock cylinder covers all around,
and dual chromed exterior rear-view mirrors mounted on both doors.
Wide whites wrap polished wheel covers that have a centered
cloisonne Ford Badge.
Looking like it was plucked right out of a Silk City Dining Car,
the beautiful white and orange combo has a firm but comfortable
feel, as well as all the aesthetics that come with the mid 50's.
The door panels which mimic the "Fairlane Strip" are orange up top,
and white on the bottom. Climb in and you'll be surrounded by
orange horizontal tufted inserts and ultra-wide white vinyl
bolsters which are on front and back benches. The back bench is
noteworthy as it has an armrest inserted and above is framed by a
multiple stepped "V" with the Ford logo inside...just beautifully
cool in its own way. These seats are fronted by a perfect dash, in
orange and white metal, and with all correct instruments. All this
is floating within an impeccable black thick pile carpet. The
headliner is just as impressive on the inside with the stainless
basket handle breaking it up, and in white vinyl. The trunk has had
the once over with the correct Ford gray plaid trunk liner.
The original 272ci V8 is looking fine with its red painted block
and intake, black valve covers and a showroom condition gray oil
bath air cleaner, all complete with correct decals. Absolutely no
corrosion under the hood, supple hoses and a pristine radiator. On
top of the engine, we see a single 2-barrel carburetor, and on the
back is a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. All power
goes rearward to a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.31 gearing.
Very clean and definitely rust-free environment with a now black
and patina environment. Black frame and drivetrain, and factory
undercoated floor pans that show nothing but road dirt. For the
suspension we note very well-kept independent coil springs in
front, and leaf springs on the rear. Drum brakes are all around,
and a rust-free dual exhaust system with glasspack style mufflers
has been installed.
My decoder partner in crime would be perfectly satisfied if every
car was from the 50's, however variety is the spice of life, and
this one has plenty of good taste. The car starts right up, runs
like a champ, and rides like a dream. All instruments, fans etc
were functioning. I wanted to take the remainder of the day off and
drive to the shore, but I could not get permission...
If you are into 50's ultimate cool, with a smattering of creature
comforts, diner like interior, and plenty of stainless shine, then
this retro Fairlane may have your name on it. With a color combo
that was probably in your grandparent's bathroom on the first floor
of their rancher, it is simply dripping with the mid 1950's, and is
all in excellent condition, perfectly restored.
U-272ci V8 2bbl 162hp
G-Chicago, IL Assy Plant
147845-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 64A-Fairlane Crown Victoria, Solid Top
COLOR NE-Mandarin Orange, Colonial White
TRIM BG-White/Orange Vinyl
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.