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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1956 Ford Crown Victoria Any time we get stunning 50s era Detroit metal into our Classic Auto Mall showroom, it tends to attract a lot of attention and usually doesnt stick around very long. This is a 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria that has been painstakingly restored to its top of the Ford line status. Its the perfect car for anyone who wants an accurate, exceptionally well-done restoration for half the price of doing it themselves. There is 50s cool then there is 50s AWESOME and this car definitely fits the latter. The beneficiary of a restoration starting with what was a show car for 20 years that is now even better! This classic is dripping with all the trappings one would expect from a luxury car of that era...Continental kit rear bumper, in bumper exhaust, factory front and rear bumper guards, fender skirts, swoop spears and the list goes on and on. This terrific example has won multiple prestigious AACA awards from 2005 to 2016 including a Junior, Senior and Preservation award. Exterior First stripped down to bare metal then any slight rust removal was performed. Next it was bathed in two tone factory colors of Meadowmist Green and Colonial white. It is broken up only by the polished stainless of the now famous Fairlane strip which flows gracefully from the top of the front fenders down the side of the car and hits the taillights mid fender. Centered on the Fairlane strip in the middle of the doors are great looking Ford emblems with gold and silver Crown Victoria badges. Along the rocker panels of the car spotless stainless trim highlights pronounced rear fender skirts. Perfect glass that is in excellent shape all around is accented by the Crown Victoria exclusive chrome basket handle roof piece and stainless window trim. Also, on top a plastic tinted see through top that was futuristic, (but also hot!), during this era of the Fairlane. Out back, the jet-age taillight lenses look new and the trunk is backed by a continental bumper complete with metal enclosed spare tire. Details abound, with a unique finned radio antenna mounted on the trunk, large bumper guards just to throw in some extra chrome, lock cylinder covers all around and an optional combination dual spotlights and rear-view mirrors mounted on both doors. Chromed wire wheels with central dish Ford badged hubs wrapped in wide white rubber is seen on all 4 corners. Interior Looking like it was plucked right out of a Silk City Dining Car, the beautiful two tone mint green combo, as well as all the aesthetics that come with the mid 50s. The door panels which mimic the Fairlane Strip are dark green up top, and light green embossed subway tile pattern on the bottom. Climb in and youll be surrounded by mint green broadcloth inserts and ultra-wide light green vinyl bolsters which are on front and back benches. The back bench is noteworthy as it has an armrest inserted and above is framed by a multiple stepped V with the Ford logo inside...just beautifully cool in its own way. These seats are fronted by a perfect dash also in two tone, with all correct instruments, a Kleenex dispenser also hangs below the dash and on the floor miles of thick impeccable green carpeting. The headliner is just as impressive on the inside with the stainless basket handle breaking it up and in light green vinyl along with its smoked plastic front portion framed by the basket handle. Drivetrain A Ford Thunderbird 292ci V8 is sitting in a perfectly restored engine bay and is looking very sharp in this black environment. No corrosion, not even dust is in here. A red painted block, Thunderbird badged valve covers, and a silver air cleaner cover with a 4-barrel carburetor underneath. All correct bolt ons sitting on this engine. On back is a 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Undercarriage Very clean and definitely rust free environment and not even any road dirt, making me suspect this car is trailered, although I did not see it come in. Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and leaf springs for the rear. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners. A cherry bomb exhaust system is now funneling spent gases to the rear through the bumper. If you are into 50s ultimate cool, with a smattering of creature comforts, diner like interior, and plenty of stainless shine, then this is definitely worth a look. In the time this writer has spent at Classic Auto Mall, I have only seen a few seen a basket handle Crown Vics, and is truly a sight to behold. Add the Fairlane swoop, and in two tone classic colors you are in DA, (the hairstyle ducks ass ), with a cigarette pack rolled into your sleeve heaven. Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom.....Tutti frutti, oh rootie! VIN DECODE M6FW104231 M-292ci V8 4bbl 200hp 6-1956 F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant W-Crown Victoria, Transparent Roof 104231-Sequential Unit Number WARRANTY TAG BODY 64-Fairlane Crown Victoria Transparent Roof COLOR GE-Meadowmist Green & Colonial White TRIM C-Light Green Vinyl, Medium Green Cloth 12M1003-December 12th 1955 Build Date
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