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Ford Fairlane


Sold between 1955 and 1970, the Fairlane name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford Fairlane was initially introduced as Ford’s premier full-size offering but became a mid-size car in 1962 as Ford’s entry into the intermediate muscle car market. Having lighter weight than the full size Galaxie but with the same powerful engines, the Fairlane, and its spinoffs the Torino and Cobra, were a force to be reckoned with both on the street and on the drag strip.

Coupe, a convertible Sunliner, the Victoria coupe, and traditional sedans. All featured the trademark stainless-steel "Fairlane stripe" on the side. Engine availability included a 223 straight-6 engine and a 272 V8. A 292 Y-Block was offered as an option and was called the Thunderbird V8. A Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was introduced for 1964 for drag racing, heavily modified to incorporate Ford’s 427 V8 race engine.

In 1968 the Ford Fairlane was redesigned and became nearly a full size car. A new fastback model and a new sporty Torino series included the GT’s. The intermediates grew again in 1970 and at the start of the model year, only the Fairlane 500 remained as the base trim model in what was now effectively the Torino series. The Falcon and Fairlane 500 names were dropped in 1971 with all of the intermediate models taking the Torino name.