1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria Hardtop / Specs and Photos

The great looking classic automobile featured in this article is the 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria. The Fairlane replaced the Ford Crestlines as Ford's top of the line model for full size vehicles. The Ford Fairlane was produced in the United States for the 1955 through 1970 model years. At first, the Ford Fairlane was a full size vehicle but later in 1962 became a mid size model.

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1955 Ford Two Door Victoria Hardtop

The Fairlane model name was used in Australia through the 20th century. Up until 1964 the Fairlane was built locally there identical to the American version. Australia brought back the Fairlane in 1967 as a very different vehicle and changed several times during the next several decades.

The Ford Victoria was produced in several models. These were a two and four door sedan, a two and four door hardtop (featured car is the two door), two door coupe, two door convertible, and a two and four door station wagon.

The automobile was named after Henry Ford's 56 room, 31,000 square foot Fair Lane estate in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. The year 1955 was also the year Ford restyled the entire Ford line with new bodies due to it's fierce competition with Chevrolet that had been making some significant changes.

old ford fairlaneThe 1950's

The decade of the 1950's was an exciting time in the automotive business. Changes of course were made a few years after the end of World War Two. When we entered the 1950's, modernization was really taking hold. The modernization was both the mid 1950's mechanical and design. During the mid 1950's,radically new American automobiles came to market such as the Chevy Corvette and the Ford Thunderbird. Both the Corvette and Thunderbird were in many ways an answer to the European sports car which had been gaining popularity in North America.

As always, Ford and Chevrolet were locked in heated competition, mergers were going on involving Nash, Packard and others, and styling changed so frequently that buyers were always looking for the newest model with updated engines.

New for 1955

Ford buyers had the option of purchasing their new cars with air conditioning which was named Comfortaire. This was a great new feature for some but the unit was very costly and it's estimated that Ford produced less than 500 cars in 1955 with Comfortaire. There were two engines offered for the new Fairlane, a 223 cubic inch straight six and a 272 cubic inch V8.

Ford's new Crown Victoria was lower and longer than any fixed roof cars that Ford had ever produced. This was touted quite a lot in their advertising. New wider view panoramic windshields were on all Ford cars beginning in 1955.

1955 Ford Victoria Specifications

As mentioned above, there were two engines availablefor the Ford Fairlane in 1955. These were the 223 cubic inch straight six and a 272 cubic inch V8.

Specs include a wheelbase of 115.5 inches, an ove200 units. Perall length of 198.5 inches, a width of 75.9 inches. Shipping weight was 3,190 lbs.

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1955 Ford Fairlane newly designed dashboard

Total production of the 55 Fairlane was 622,200 units. Production for the 55 Fairlane Two Door Victoria was 113,370 units.

Base price for the 1955 Two Door Victoria Hardtop was about $2,100 new.

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References for this article included...American Cars of the 1950's : by the Editors of Consumer Guide...Fords of the Fifties by Michael Parris...Collector Car Price Guide.

1955 Ford Fairlane Collector Cars

As we have said before, automobiles from the 1950's make excellent collector cars. In many ways, the decade of the 50's was a period where real modernization took place, both in design and style and in mechanics. Rear tail fins took hold during this decade and as you know there was a wide variety of fins. They started out modest and as the decade progressed became ever so large as Cadillac clearly showed at the end of the 50's.

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Rear view shows modest tail fins

The 1955 Ford Fairlane represented the first year of the model and represents milestone status. The production in the United States lasted from 1955 to 1970 although production did continue overseas for much longer in a variety of styles as mentioned above.

There were many different trims for the Ford Fairlane in the U.S.and current price ranges for restored models cover a wide range. As for the Hardtop Victoria featured in the article top prices for museum quality models may be in the $30,000 plus range. The Ford Crown Victoria Plexi Glass Top and Convertible models are the highest valued and may be in the $60,000 range. The Two and Four Door Sedans are at the bottom of the range with top prices in the $18,000 to $23,000 range. All of the current valuations are for pristine condition, highly original models. Values are obviously less for high mileage, non restored models.

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1956 Ford F-100 Half Ton / Specs, Photos and More

Featured in this article is a fine looking 1956 Ford F-100 Half Ton Pickup. This is a milestone vehicle which incorporated some new styling and more options.

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1956 Ford F-100

The F-1 Becomes the F-100

The second generation Ford F-Series were redesigned for 1953 with a more integrated look. The second generation F-100 also had a longer wheelbase, with longer front and rear leaf springs to improve ride smoothness. The front suspension was moved back to give a tighter turning radius.

The year 1953 also was Ford's 50 Year Anniversary. On the F-100, it was the horn button that designated Ford's Golden Anniversary with a special gold rim that was lettered with "50th Anniversary 1903-1953." Of major significance for 1953, Ford changed the names of the various pickup models. The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 and F-3 now became the F-250, and the F-4 now became the 1-ton F-350. The second generation F-Series offered options such as a dome light, lighter, arm rests, sun visors and even a radio.

The 1953 new second generation model offered a much better windshield area which was some fifty-five percent larger. Also, the glass was curved rather than flat. The rear window stretched the entire width of the cab adding a greatly improved rear view and the side window ledges were lowered to better help drivers during parking. You could also have the choice of the Standard cab or the Deluxe cab. The Deluxe offered stainless drip rail molding, a sun visor on the passenger side, driver and passenger armrests, a cigar lighter, chrome vents window moldings, twin horns, foam padding for the seats and chromed grille "teeth."

1950's ford trucksThe 1956 Ford F-100

The 1956 F-100 is of the second generation which went from 1953 through 1956. The 1956 F-100 is a one year body design which was made to compete against Chevy's Task Force Pickups.

Chevy's new trucks were good looking vehicles and offered a new V-8 adding big competition to Ford. . The 1956 F-100 was built with vertical windshield pillars and wrap around windshield. This differed from the sloped pillars and angled windshield of the 1953-55 models. The 1956 F-100 also offered a larger wrap around back window as an option. Also, in 1956, seat belts became an option and beginning that model year Ford offered the very rare "Low GVWR" (gross vehicle weight rating) versions of each of it's models.

The 1956 F-100 also had electric windshield wipers as opposed to the vacuum operated and the electrical system went from six to twelve volts. The 1956 model had a redesigned dashboard and a Ford Lifeguard Steering Wheel which placed the center hub further away from the driver's chest which added to driver safety.

1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Specifications

The 1956 F-100 was built with a standard 223 cubic inch Mileage Maker Inline Six which delivered 137 horsepower. There were three engine versions of the 272 cubic inch V-8 offered as an option. These were a light-duty with a 2-barrel carburetor, a heavy-duty with a 2-barrel carburetor, and a heavy-duty with a 4-barrel carburetor putting out 167 horsepower.

Three transmissions were available for 1956...a three, four or five speed manual and an automatic. The automatic, the "Ford-O-Matic" option for 1956 was the first time in history a Ford truck was available with an automatic transmission.

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More window visibility for the 1956 F Series Trucks

FrontĀ  suspension were an I Beam front axle and leaf spring and rear were a semi-elliptic six-spring design.

Front and rear brakes were hydraulic drum.

Total Ford F-100 production for 1956 was 137,000 units.

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56 F-100 dashboard

1956 Ford F-100 Collector Values

All pickup trucks from the 1950's are popular collector vehicles. Many changes occurred especially during the early 1950's as with the second generation Ford F-Series Trucks. Designs were more modern looking and new more powerful engines were being introduced.

Values for the 1956 Ford F-100 range all the way from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on overall condition, originality, mileage and degree and date of restoration.

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Great Looking 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe / Specs and More

Our featured automobile is the 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe.

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1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe

The 1946 Ford like other automobiles produced right after the end of World War Two were for the most part designs from 1941 and the limited 1942 cars. It was no secret that during the war years, designers were working on military projects.

When the war ended the only basic designs at hand were those from before the war. Those were used and some cosmetic touches were added. The demand for new automobiles by the public was immense so whatever rolled off the assembly line was sold.

This pent up demand was good news for the automakers. Many of them struggled to stay afloat and make a profit during the Depression years of the 1930's only to have civilian car production stopped on February 1st of 1942 due to America's entry to the war. Being out of civilian car production for three to four years, there was some catching up to do.

Ford Began Civilian Car Production after the War

Ford Motor Company was the first American automaker to start production after the war's end. The fine looking 1946 Ford Coupe shown in this article is an excellent example. The first 1946 Ford came off the assembly line as early as June 1945. One of the changes on this rare 1946 Ford is the horizontal grille layout. The hood was also widened and had a center strip. The new larger engine was a 239 cubic inch V-8 delivering 100 horsepower. This same engine before World War Two began had been put into Mercurys. Another 90 horsepower engine was offered that is described in the specifications section of this article.

ford super deluxe coupeModels Offered

For 1946 Ford offered to trim lines...the Deluxe and Super Deluxe. The Special model was dropped for 1946. The 1946 Fords were base priced at around $1,100 or a bit more for a six cylinder version and it was said that a buyer might have been inclined to pay another few hundred dollars under the table, because of the enormous demand, to get one quick from a dealer. The 1946 convertible model had a base price tag of around $1,400.

Ford produced a total of 468,000 vehicles for the 1946 model year. Out of this amount 16,300 were convertibles. The largest model segment were two door sedans of which Ford built 163,000. Ford built 720 Sportsman Convertible models with their wood side paneling.

The Sportsman model was introduced at a time when steel was still in short supply. Ford began post war production so early that wood was more attainable than steel thus the Sportsman's wood side panels.

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe Specifications

The 1946 Ford had a 239 cubic inch V-8 L-Head engine delivering 100 horsepower. Also offered and the one in our featured automobile was a 225 cubic inch six cylinder engine delivering 90 horsepower. Fuel consumption for both engine versions was rated just under 14 MPG.

A three speed column shift manual transmission was the only transmission available for 1946 models.

Brakes were drum front and back.

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46 Ford Super Deluxe dashboard

The car's wheelbase was 114.0 inches The car's length was 197.8 inches, width 73.4 inches and height 66.1 inches.

Vehicle weight averaged around 3,050 lbs.

Suspension front and rear consisted of transverse leaf springs.

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1946 Ford Coupe Collector Values

1946 Ford automobiles are relatively rare. The very low production of 1946 Sportsman models make them extremely rare.

post war ford carsDepending on the model, Deluxe or Super Deluxe and the car's condition, restored or not restored, how many original parts are still on the car, the prices asked can have a wide range.

As of this writing, a 1946 Super Deluxe Convertible in finely restored condition sold for $35,000. Some asking proces for these convertibles may even get into the high $50,000 and low $60,000 area. A 1946 Ford Two Door Sedan sold at auction for $18,700. A Ford Super Deluxe Business Coupe sold for $25,000. You'll also see asking prices for these models into the mid to high $30's. Several other 1946 Ford Super Deluxes are price between $18,000 and $20,000. A 1946 Ford Woody Wagon of which very few were manufactured has an auction asking price of over $90,000. You'll find that prices asked vary greatly on condition and originality.

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