This 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria can be your new crown jewel. After all, it's rare, with a fraction of Fairlane production that year going the range-topping Crown Vic, and as you pour over all the pictures, you'll see a perfect cruise night special for the drivers who enjoy the journey more than the destination.
Raven Black was a popular color on the 1956 Fords, and it emphasizes the wonderful brightwork that defined this top-of-the-line model. It looks particularly glossy on this coupe thanks to a more recent professional application that took advantage of more modern paints. Fords were instantly recognizable with their sweeping chrome trim extending from the headlight all the way back to the tail. It's easy to distinguish the Crown Victorias as the highest level 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. The total effect of all the chrome, and the optional fender skirts, give this coupe the lower, wider, and longer feel that everyone in Detroit strove for back then. This was a true era ruled by stylists, you even see it in the details like how the exhaust still exits through the rear bumper. The wire wheels with white F-O-R-D centers match perfectly with the whitewall tires.
Inside a full uniform black and white color scheme covers the seats, doors, dash, carpets and headliner. In the highest echelon of Ford coupes, even the rear seats received the same style treatment, and the roomy bench even has an armrest for individual luxury. The stylish door panels have a similar swoopy design to emulate the exterior trim, and it wraps into the dashboard in a continuous sweep. This was the year of Ford's Lifeguard safety package, which added some interesting items like the padded dashboard and the cool recessed gauge package. As amazingly '50s-style authentic this car appears, you'll start to notice some cool upgrades. For example, the factory AM radio is now just for show, because the real stereo is now a more modern AM/FM/CD unit hidden in the glovebox. Plus, the auxiliary gauges under the dash keep you better informed about what's going on under the hood.
The Thunderbird badging on the front fender is no accident. Pop the hood and you'll find a 292 cubic-inch Ford Y-block V8 motor. That was an optional powerplant borrowed from Ford's ultimate personal cruiser. It's not only one of the largest motors Ford offered back then, but it also came standard with a Holley four-barrel carburetor to give this coupe the power to be an anywhere kind of cruiser. This was a special car when it left the factory, and so it is great to see it with the right motor looking in such a good looking engine bay. The V8 wears its correct oil bath air cleaner, Thunderbird-style valve covers, and a bright red engine block. This is mated to the column-mounted three-speed manual transmission, and the dual exhaust makes a very nice sound as it stylishly exits through two slots in the rear bumper. It's these kind of luxury touches that keep the Fairlane Crown Victoria one of the coolest ways aimlessly wander the boulevard on a Saturday night. And since the last owner was a Ford enthusiast, he made sure it was a great cruiser with features like a new driveshaft, Pertronix distributor, and front disc brakes.
This is a very rare coupe that will impress onlookers and dazzle Ford enthusiasts. Don't let something this beautiful slip through your fingers. Call now!!