• Ford’s top-of-the-line style leader for ‘55
• 272 V-8 power and Ford-O-Matic automatic
• Nicely presented in attractive driver quality
• Well-equipped with power steering and windows
• Nice interior with interesting upholstery pattern
272 cid OHV V-8 engine, single Holley two-barrel carburetor, 162 HP at 4,400 rpm, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115.5"
During 1953, Ford Motor Company celebrated its landmark 50th Anniversary in business with the release of an elaborate hardcover book entitled “Ford at Fifty,” with the futuristic X-100 and X-500 show cars on the cover, demonstrating Ford’s growing emphasis on dream car-inspired styling. The arrival of Franklin Q. Hershey at Ford’s design studios signaled the dawn of a new era, as Ford’s passengers soon featured fresh and exciting new styling and passenger amenities.
Redesigned with longer, lower, and wider bodies, the new 1955 Ford passenger cars were headed up by the flashy new Fairlane Crown Victoria, with its fresh new pillared two-door hardtop body style and unique ‘tiara’ roof trim. With new factories opening and thousands of cars hitting the showroom floors, the 1955 production run was the second-best in Ford history, and its success in the face of intense competition from archrival Chevrolet was largely attributed to the beautiful design of the various Fairlane models.
Built at Ford Motor Company’s Dallas, Texas assembly plant, this 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria is an attractive example of the new-for-1955 style leader. Power is delivered by a 162-horsepower, 272 cubic-inch “Y-Block” V-8 engine equipped with a two-barrel carburetor and breathing through a dual-exhaust system with chrome tips, mated to a desirable Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. The clean white exterior finish is complemented by the Crown Victoria’s signature bright trim, plus front and rear bumper guards, a “Continental” spare-tire kit, full bright wheel covers, and period style wide whitewall tires. The interior is quite well-equipped, featuring nice two-tone upholstery with mottle-pattern inserts, power steering and power windows, Ford’s “Magic-Aire” heat/defroster system, an AM radio, and a clock. A central fold-down rear armrest and front and rear seat belts round out the interior. The engine bay and engine are presented in driver quality, with good care evident and proper factory equipment, including the oil-bath air cleaner, “See Clear” washer-fluid bag, and “Ford V8” labeled valve covers, in place. It was purchased by Bobby Monical from a dealership in Louisiana, where the previous owner had traded it in for a new car. Offered from the Monical Collection, this 1955 Fairlane Crown Victoria runs and drives well, being a very nice example of Ford’s top-of-the-line model for 1955 that is ready to enjoy.
1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria
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