Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Car of the Day : June 8, 2011

Today's car is an Unknown 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible.

The Ford Fairlane was an automobile model sold between 1955 and 1970 by the Ford Motor Company in North America. The name was taken from Henry Ford's estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan.

For 1955, the Fairlane name replaced the Crestline as Ford's premier full-size offering. Six different body styles were offered, including the Crown Victoria Skyliner with a tinted, transparent plastic roof, the regular Crown Victoria coupe with lots of stainless steel trim, a convertible Sunliner, Victoria coupe, and traditional sedans. All featured the trademark stainless-steel "Fairlane stripe" on the side. Power options were a 223 CID (3.7 L) straight-6 engine and a 272 CID (4.5 L) V8.

1956 saw few changes; a 4-door Victoria hardtop was introduced, and two new, more powerful V8 options, of 292 CID (4.8 L) and 312 CID (5.1 L), the latter available up to 225 brake horsepower (168 kW).Lifeguard safety package was introduced.

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fairlane_(Americas) to learn more on the '56 Fairlane Sunliner.

This is embarrassing, but I don't have a clue who made this. I purchased this from Kimmo this previous spring. It looks somewhat hand made and has a non-detailed screwed on metal base. It lacks a windshield but seems to have decent paint. I did some basic research and this identical paint job was available on the '55 Fairlane Sunliner but '55s don't have the 'V' on the trunk lid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here's the '55 I found . . .

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