Ford Custom is First Produced
The Ford Custom is a car model name that has been used by the Ford Motor Company both in the United States and Canada from the 1930s to 1972.
For the 1949 model year, the Custom nameplate was used for the top trim level in Ford's range of automobiles. For 1950 the name was changed to Custom Deluxe and then to Customline for 1952 when it moved to the midrange position between the new Mainline and Crestline models.
The Custom name returned for the 1957 model year along with a new Custom 300 series, these two models sitting below the Fairlane and Fairlane 500. The Custom 300 became the base model for 1958, but was dropped from the range for 1960. The Custom name reappeared again for 1964 and the Custom 500 nameplate made its debut the same year. While the Custom 500 was a slight step up, the Custom was again the stripped, no-frills trim level of the full-sized Fords. Most Customs were sold to police and taxi fleets during the 1960s, although anyone who wanted basic, no-frills transportation with the convenience of a full-sized car could purchase one.
The Ford Custom nameplate was dropped after the 1972 model year, although the Custom 500 remained in the lineup until 1978.
Ford Motor Company is one of the most respected car manufacturers around the world. Ford�s worth as a carmaker is proven by its current (third) ranking in the in the list of world�s largest car manufacturers and by the number of outstanding car models it has introduced. One of these models is the Ford Custom. Its history was said to be tragic by starting strong yet finishing at the end. The Custom was introduced as a top of the line, high-end model leading the Ford�s vehicle lineup. During the mid-period of its production, the Custom was dropped to a mid-range level model. And for its final years of production, the Custom was sold as a �low-line, no-frills� range of full-size cars, mostly as taxi cabs and police cars.
During 1930s, the Custom nameplate was first used by Ford to represent the �deluxe� or upper-level range model of Ford�s automobile lineup. This is why we often see car models having a Custom Deluxe nameplate. Such model displayed great luxury featuring loads of standard equipments and practical amenities. Custom Deluxe models used a V8 engine powerplant to boost 100 horsepower. At the start of 1950s, the Custom nameplate was used to characterize the mid-range level of Ford�s car lineup. The luxury-minded Ford Crestliner was the first model to replace the Custom nameplate from 1950 until 1951. In the following year, the Ford Crestline stole the limelight from 1952 through 1954, followed by the Ford Fairlane from 1955 up to 1958.
Things became hard for the Custom to retain its mid-range level position when the Ford Galaxie was introduced as a mid-range level vehicle, resulting to the Custom model being dropped to a lower level. The Ford Galaxie then became Ford�s entry-level full size vehicle model in the lineup. Because of this, a slightly upgraded version of the Custom called Custom 500 (sold until 1978) was introduced with the rest of the Custom vehicles considered as nothing more than very basic full-size vehicles until 1972, when it was finally discontinued. Despite its top-to-bottom history, the Ford Custom remained to be a good catch for some car enthusiasts.