Classic Car Overview
1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan The Ford Fairlane is an automobile model that was sold between 1955 and 1970 by Ford in North America. The name is derived from Henry Fords estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. Over time, the name referred to a number of different cars in different classes; the Fairlane was initially a full-sized car but became a mid-sized car from the 1962 model year. Up for consignment, a 1955 version of the Ford Fairlane. This car is in the mid restoration condition, with a restored exterior brought to primer condition, an attempt at an interior restoration with bucket seats, and a suede back seat, and a partially restored engine bay. No rust on exterior panels, stainless looks good on the swoop spear, however remaining chrome has beginnings of rust and pitting, and interior dash is very nice. An open palette if you will, with your subject sketched in and now awaiting a handy restorers imagination to run wild on the finishing touches. Exterior A two-tone primer if you will with flat black covering the front bumper, headlight visors, roof, and lower third of front and rear quarters, as well as the rockers. Upper panels are the standard gray primer, with the passenger side from the door and aft, a lighter shade of primer. All panels are sanded up and ready for final coat. All chrome and stainless trimmings are attached as well as badging in your grandmothers handwriting. The rear trunk trim strip has also been painted black as has the rear bumper. The jet age round taillights taken from the T bird are on back with the parking lights/signals atop in an inverted V cathedral style. Window trimmings are all there, some dimpling and rust has crept on to them. Glass is clear, and roof above shows no rust. The standard Ford badged dog dish wheel covers with chromed dish rings encircling the outside and wrapped in thin whites all around. Interior The teal headliner, somewhat stained and mold covered, hangs above a partially restored interior. Starting upfront the dash is a beautifully painted metallic teal, and all the gauges have been cleaned up and it presents as original. This includes the arched half oval dash top which houses the speedometer, fuel, and temp gauges, as well as an oil and generator warning lights. All the black bakelite buttons and knobs are present and accounted for, and in the center is a trio of round styled bezel airflow circle, radio, and clock. On the passenger side is the glovebox all metal, and Ford V8 badged. An original nicely preserved steering wheel is fronting the dash. Seats have been changed out to buckets in black vinyl, and the rear seat has broadcloth inserts within a suede bolstered bench. On the floors is a nice rubber textured matting all looking snappy on the bottom. Door panels retain their original charm and emulate the exterior swoop spear utilizing dark teal, light teal and gray paint. Drivetrain Looking under the hood, we see an unrestored and unknown if original to this car 272ci V8 topped with a single 2-barrel carburetor. On back of this mill is a 3 speed Ford-O-Matic transmission which pushes power rearward to a 3.30 rear axle. Noted in front of all this is a new aluminum radiator. Undercarriage Some surface rust, some primer in red, and clean floorpans, surface rusted side rocker panels and hangers, and new glass pack cherry bomb mufflers for the dual exhaust. A new fuel tank has been put on, and this car utilizes independent coil springs upfront, and leaf springs on the rear. Seen are drum brakes on all 4 corners, which have surface rust on them. Frame appears solid with some surface rust. Drive-Ability The vital fluids were checked, and our faithful test battery installed to see if life could be breathed into this classic. A turn of the key and some spot on cranking revolutions the engine came to life. The idle was a little rough, most likely due to stale gasoline. We kept the test drive short but the car does perform as it should. A weekend worth of work should have her running like a top. Overall condition is good, with no rust exterior ready to paint, some work needing to be done on the chrome trimmings, a restored dash looking great, interesting choice of seats, and an unrestored engine. Time to get creative, pick this beauty up for a good price, and go to work giving you a great investment along with your interpretation to get you trophies for your mantle.