53k Original Miles: 1967 Ford Fairlane GT

Classic cars with the “wow” factor are always great to see here at Barn Finds, and this 1967 Ford Fairlane GT would seem to fit that description. Everywhere that you look, what you see is beautiful presentation, and there is now a chance for you to own this beauty yourself. It is located in Chester, New York, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Fairlane has reached $10,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

The Candy Apple Red paint that graces the panels of the Fairlane is said to be largely original, but it isn’t clear which sections of the car have received a repaint. I suspect that the lower rear quarter panel on the driver’s side might be one spot, but even that is a bit of a guess. For those of you who might be worried about the sort of rust that can plague cars of this vintage, fear not. The owner provides a great selection of shots of the Fairlane’s underside, and it is spotlessly clean. The fact that not only has the car always been stored in a climate-controlled garage helped its cause, but the fact that it has never seen snow or salt won’t have hurt either. The exterior trim, the chrome, and the glass, all appear to be faultless.

The Black interior trim of the Ford is just as impressive as the rest of the car, and it is virtually impossible to find anything negative to say about the condition of the seats, dash, or other trim items. The carpet might be slightly faded, but I suspect that this might also be a trick of the light. The original owner obviously had their focus firmly on performance with the car, because apart from a radio, there are no luxury options fitted to the car’s interior. Even so, it still looks like a comfortable and enjoyable place to spend a good few hours clocking up the miles.

Under the hood is a case of “good news, bad news…and more good news.” The first piece of good news is that the Fairlane is in sound mechanical health. The bad news is that the original 289ci V8 engine that powered the Fairlane suffered some form of mechanical malady, and in its place, there is now a 1969-vintage 302 instead. This is backed by the original 4-speed manual transmission. More good news comes with the fact that the 302 was treated to a rebuild by Morgantini Racing Engines of West Wyoming, Pennsylvania. It has been fitted with a new dual exhaust, and the owner says that not only does it sound great, but it runs and drives just as well. So, continuing the good news, don’t think that the original 289 has been lost in the process. It isn’t clear exactly what is wrong with it, but the owner still has it and is happy to include it in the sale. If that engine can be revived, it is definitely possible that the Fairlane can be returned to full, numbers-matching status. The owner also states that the car has only accumulated 53,000 genuine miles, but doesn’t indicate whether he holds any documentary evidence to confirm this.

This Fairlane GT is a really nice car, and for a blue-oval enthusiast like me, it does tick a lot of the right boxes. It is the sort of classic that is ready to be driven and enjoyed immediately, and I’d be willing to bet that we would have a fair collection of Barn Finds readers who would like to have their name on the title. The question is, will they?

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  1. Steve R

    It looks nice, but I’m more than a little skeptical of many of the sellers claims. If you look at his eBay history, he’s basically a dealer. The ads are similar in nature without much evidence to back up his claims. An in person inspection would be wise to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.

    Steve R

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    Whenever I spot one of these I expect to see an FE under the hood. I’m a little disappointed to see a small block in there. However, the small engine can still give that car a fast ride, and it’s a lot easier to work on. This does look like a decent unit otherwise…

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    • RADARONE

      I love this Ford it was a Dream in Highschool and still a Dream car today, 44 yrs.later. but my Princess Bride says there is not enough GOLD & SILVER in the Vaults

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  3. mark

    Nice car. Brings back memories of my third grade teacher. 1967-68. She was just at our school one year. She drove a 67 Fairlane GT, navy blue with white stripe.

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  4. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Always liked these cars, a 390 would have been nice, but this is nice. Should bring plenty of interest and offers. Good luck to all concerned.
    God bless America

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  5. jerry z

    Since it doesn’t have the original engine, replace it with a 347 stroker and a 5 speed.

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    • Howard A.

      I don’t know, jerry, I tend to disagree. While that update would be neat, I think in that state, people might not get what it was like in 1967. We didn’t have stroker motors or 5 speeds, we had a motor that powered moms station wagon and a truck 4 speed,( or whatever) and somehow, this beautiful car came from that. I think the charm of a ’60’s muscle car is lost when you redo it with modern mechanicals.

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    • PatrickM

      This write up says the owner/seller says he has the original 289 and it goes with the sale. I was hoping to see a 390 under the hood. But, alas… Now, if one had the proper facilities and cash to perform a rebuild, provided the 289 is well enough to do so, then I would say, #1, have at it! #2 this would increase the value of the car, and #3 WOW!

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  6. Craig Sibert Member

    these cars only came with the 390 or the optional 427 side oiler which only 50 were built no 289 except in the c code cars which were not gt cars

    • Miguel Member

      Craig, you are going to have to argue with Ford on this one. The VIN says it is a GT with a factory 289.

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  7. Howard A.

    Nicest Fair-a-lane ( like my old man called them) ever. It’s pretty comical to see stuff like that burned out 914 Porsche going for twice what you could have this car for,,COO-COO, COO-COO ( spinning forefinger around ear) I know everything today is big block this, big block that, but really, for todays driving, this will give you all the thrills, and you might just get 15 mpg with your foot out of it, if you could. Super nice car, I’d love to have it. When Detroit gave us what we wanted. With cars like this, how did we ever lose our way?

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  8. Troy s

    Favorite of mine, especially if equipped with a high performance engine. Which is odd to say about a car aimed at the GTO.
    Coulda had one with a swapped 428 in place of the 390, built too..most adrenaline induced car experience I ever had behind the wheel.
    As it is now, the biggest Windsor possible under the hood would be just fine, the 302 works too but I never liked the fact Ford made the 289 the standard engine in ’67. Save the original 289 for the purists, it won’t add any extra smiles to the driving experience, believe me.

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    • Dave

      I’m not a Ford guru, but didn’t the small block start with a 220-something, then grow into the 260, then the 289, then the 302?
      The Big Three were following the trend towards increased power via displacement in the 1960s and so Chevy went from 265 to 283 to 327 to 350 by 1970, Mopar created its A engines with 273, 318, and 340 by 1970.
      As others have said, this 302 swap looks well done.

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      • Jerry

        221 cu. In. in 1962.

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      • Troy s

        From the 302 to the 351W….the 302 had a longer stroke than the 289 but I believe that had to do with emissions compliance more than any horsepower race in ’68. 221, pretty sure that’s how it started out. I’m hardly a guru myself, ha ha.

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      • PatrickM

        Ford had a 260 V8 in the early ’60’s. I’ve seen them in Falcons and a couple others, just not in the larger cars. And if you built them correctly, they would haul a$$.

  9. 86_Vette_Convertible

    OK, I’m going to stick my nose out on this one. IIRC the small block was the 289. The Fairlane GT on the other hand had a 390 manual while the GTA had the 390 automatic. Back in the teenage days, I looked at ordering a new one and what was on various dealers lots (ended up with a Malibu instead) but like any gearhead at that time I spent a lot of time going over the order options and how the cars were equiped.
    Based on what I remember, the reference to an original 289 just doesn’t sit right to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like the looks of the car but something just keeps sticking to me that there’s something wrong here and I think I know what it is.

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    • Steve R

      In 1966 the 390 was standard for GT and GTA models, in 1967 the base engine for the GT was the 289.

      Steve R

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    • Miguel Member

      Vette, the VIN does say it is in fact a GT but the engine has a C code 289.

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    • Dave

      I don’t believe that the 302 came out until 1968.

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  10. Miguel Member

    Since this car has been through a couple of engines since the original was removed, it really doesn’t matter how many original miles the car has.

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  11. Comet

    I’m a Nova, Chevelle guy, but I’ve always found this body style is stunning. Beautiful car, however the underside pic of the RR quarter panel looks to reveal some bondo. I don’t mean to nit pic, I just want to point out a possible issue before a fellow barn finder lays out his hard earned cash.

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  12. Tony S

    Drove a 1967 Fairlane GT with a 390 engine, was not impressed with the car going all over the road after hitting 90 mph. My 1967 Mustang handled better than it, just sayin.. Nice car though.

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    • bog

      Tony S – gotta laugh ! I bought a new ’67 GTA 390 high horsepower model off a dealers lot outside Louisville, KY just before graduating Officer Candidate School. My laughing part is twofold: 1) if you thought it “floated” at 90, you should have seen me driving it on the Autobahns and Autostradas in Europe for just over 2 years…going North of 125 mph (the listed top speed for these is 128-129, depending on whom one believes) throw in a downhill section with a tail-wind and WHEE ! It actually “took a stance” at just over 90 and stayed put. Possibly at the top of the shock absorber limits. 2) that dealer also had on their lot a white Mustang GT (red interior) with same engine and 4 speed that I kicked myself for years because I chose the GTA instead ! Chose the GTA (pale yellow, black interior with full console/sport buckets) because I had so darn much military gear that I was sure it wouldn’t fit the ‘Stang. Silly me…

  13. Steven Ligac

    I had a ’67. 390/4-speed. It would *scream*! I loved that car and to this day I consider the’ 67 Fairlane to be one of the best looking cars ever.

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  14. Kenbo52

    Not a Ford guy , but this is nice

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  15. lbpa18

    A fastback Mustang would be nice. THIS would get you noticed in an understated way, if there is such a thing. Not that usual and very tastefully done. Id love to drive this. As has been said, ticks all the right boxes for me.

  16. DAVID KENIRY

    😲I HAVE A Q CODE 67 345hp 428 IT IS STILL IN CAR, WITH DEALER INSTALLED
    6 PAC😎

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    • PatrickM

      Yowza!!!

  17. Arthell64 Member

    66-67 GT Fairlane’s seem to be hard to find. I have been looking for one for several years and there are not many 4 speeds out there. I also expect a fe motor as well. The 289 or 302 just doesn’t do it for me but decent looking car.

    • bog

      Too bad you didn’t see one a widow friend of mine sold. My buddy (her late husband) built a ’67 Fairlane GT 390 4 speed out of a small block version. Lovely red with black stripes and black interior like this, except he installed the full console. Entire drivetrain and suspension was beefed up including better front disc brakes. His 390 had much better intake, heads, and exhaust than the HP 390 engine that came stock in my 390 GTA of same year. We had great times talking about our cars, and he drag raced his pretty successfully. Died far too young of an undiagnosed heart ailment. Keep looking Arthell64, they’re still out there !

  18. TimM

    Great body lines great color and the third pedal!!! What’s not to like!!!

  19. Timmyt

    I had one of these in 1978 bought for 300 bucks,332 police interceptor with 3 speed O/D.Rolled it 2 days later,that f###er would run

  20. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Strange things happen. Yesterday while I was out in my garage with the door open I heard the sound of a 289 across the street. So I walked down my driveway to see what was there, it was a pristine 66 Mercury Comet Caliente, so I walk over and introduce myself and compliment the man on his car. It was a matching numbers car with a ground up restoration. Sitting on top the 289 was a edelbrock 750 cfm carburetor with a automatic trans. The exterior was perfect in light blue with white and blue interior.
    The owner (in broken English) said he bought the car from a woman who brought it from Oklahoma to Houston because her husband had brain cancer and was at M.D. Anderson cancer hospital and she needed cash quickly.
    The car is absolutely beautiful and is a dressed up version of the Fairlane posted for sale here.
    God bless America

  21. chrlsful Member

    just wishin it wuz the same yr chero

  22. Dennis Hagerdorn

    I bought a 1967 Fairlane GT the year I graduated from high school. Silver with the red interior and GT stripe, with redline tires, 390/335 with the heavy duty 3-speed floor shift with console. It had been a dealer salesman’s demo with just a few thousand miles on the clock. I had wanted a 289, 4speed Mustang fastback, but Dad thought this would have more “frame” underneath. Enjoyed the car until I was drafted in Feb, 1969. Out of basic training, I planned to take it with me to my first post, but when I called Dad, he said he had just sold it. Always loved that body style

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