The Ford Fairlane was produced by the Ford motor company from 1955 through 1969. The original body design was the full sized Ford body which started out as a family vehicle and slowly evolved into many different available models and body styles. The exterior paint and trim options, seemed endless with elaborate cloth woven seat covers and a rainbow of paint combinations, you could virtually have any variety of Fairlane your heart desired. Variety was big in the early days which makes these cars somewhat more difficult to restore but all the more interesting to the collector.
From 1955 through 1959 the Fairlanes were big and bold. The 1957 introduced the very popular convertibles and retractables with folding tops into the trunk. These cars were available with a handful of engine options to include, the 223, 292, 332, and the powerful 352 Thunderbird V-8 with 300 horsepower.
1965 Fairlane Sports Coupe
From 1960 to 1962, the Fairlanes began to decrease in size and went from a very large car to a mid sized car. The 1962 introduced some new styles to the Fairlane and were available with one of the first small block V-8 engines Ford ever built. The original 221 billed as "the world's first economy eight" eventually evolved into the 260, then 289 which has been used extensively with numerous changes since inception. The 1962 Fairlane began the first Fairlane sports coupe which continued through 1965. These Fairlanes were bigger than a Falcon, yet smaller than a Galaxie and offered the best of both worlds, solid performance, with great economy. The 1964 Fairlane body was also used to build the "Thunderbolt" Fairlane stuffed with 427 high riser V-8 engine designed for the drag strip. Only 54 of these rare birds were produced and are legendary in the Ford racing history books.
1966 Fairlane GTA convertible
In 1966, the Fairlane again changed to a new body style, this time, getting larger again than previous 62/65 models. Although not a full size, these Fa...