VERY SOLID & ORIGINAL '55, STRONG 272 V8, FORD-O-MATIC, DUAL EXHUAST, TURN-KEY!!
Fords were almost all new in 1955, and like their counterparts at Chevrolet, there are many who think the first are still the best. This 1955 Ford Fairlane has a fantastic '50s look, dramatic two-tone paint, and a burbling V8 that makes it a lot of fun to drive. At this price, how can you go wrong with something that looks so right?
The '50s were all about color and pastels were all the rage. This Ford wears handsome Snowshoe White and Goldenrod Yellow that works particularly well thanks to the sweeping spear of trim bisecting the two colors. You see far fewer of these than you do Chevys, but now that you're looking at it, you have to wonder why because it's simply gorgeous. Sure, the paint is a few years old and showing a few minor signs of age, but the impact this car makes at shows is far greater than a comparable '55 Chevy, which everyone has already seen. But what really makes this car work is the trim and bright work, all of which is in excellent condition and fits well. The egg crate grille is handsomely understated, you can see the design influence of the Thunderbird in the way the parking lights are integrated into the grille, and it's just too cool the way they wrapped the secondary color around the headlight rings. The bumpers are nice, although there are one or two dings in the rear bumper, and all that irreplaceable glass is in great shape.
Inside, the black and white upholstery tones down the pastel and ups the style. It's not quite the way the factory did it, but only an expert would know and it certainly looks right for the mid-50s. Wide bench seats make this car feel spacious for everyone and the vinyl is very neatly installed and should look this good for years to come. Matching door panels seem to mimic the sweep spear trim on the exterior and that dashboard is definitely going to ring a bell with Thunderbird owners. The painted surfaces are recently refinished, so everything is nice and bright, and all the gauges are fully operational. It appears completely stock and even the unique round AM radio is still in the middle of the dash, although it's sadly not operational. The big steering wheel makes it easy to maneuver the big Ford and the giant trunk with a full-sized spare seems to beg for a road trip.
Ford's 272 cubic inch "Y-block" V8 was optional but really it's the only one you want in your vintage cruiser. With good low-end torque, it feels punchy around town and when combined with the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, it has great highway legs, too. The engine bay is quite stock, from the big oil bath air cleaner to the Ford Red paint on the block itself to the handsome valve covers that remind you that, yes, this is a V8. There appears to be a new radiator up front, along with new hoses and some fuel system work, and once it's warmed up, it's a fantastic runner. The exhaust manifolds feed a burbling dual exhaust that sounds just right and you'll be extremely pleased to see how clean it is underneath. Not "show it with mirrors under it" clean, but very solid and with no hidden surprises. The transmission shifts nicely and since ford switched to tube shocks, it rides and handles much better than you'd expect. Standard steel wheels with hubcaps are the right choice and it sits on a set of 215/75/15 radials, but imagine just how awesome this would look with a set of wide whites!
Accompanied with a pile of spare parts including a wire harness, engine gasket kit, and some other small bits, this is a car that's ready to enjoy the way it is or it could be the foundation of something truly spectacular. It's up to you. Call today!
- Vinyl Interior
- AM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Four Wheel Drum
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