Fairlane 500

Last of the 289 V8s: 1968 Ford Fairlane 500

The Fairlane was a major staple of the Ford line-up in the 1960s. Born in 1955 as a full-size car, it morphed into intermediate status in 1962 and remained in that form until 1970 (replaced by the Torino). This… more»

Original Paint: 1962 Ford Fairlane 500 V8

In 1962, Ford shifted its Fairlane nameplate from a full-size product to a new mid-size platform to fill a gap between the Galaxie and the compact Falcon. The decision was a success, and the three categories would outsell the… more»

Drive & Restore: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500

This 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 might tick the right boxes for many readers. It is a rock-solid vehicle in sound mechanical health. The new owner can enjoy it immediately and perform a straightforward cosmetic restoration as time and circumstances… more»

Affordable Project: 1963 Ford Fairlane 500

Project candidates come in all shapes and sizes, with some requiring more work than others. This 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 shows promise, with a rebuilt V8 and a fresh interior. It needs an owner willing to refresh the exterior,… more»

Real H-Code? 1958 Ford Fairlane 500

Unless you had a well-trained eye, it might have been difficult back in 1958 to instantly distinguish which Ford was coming from behind in your rear-view mirror, as the Fairlane had gotten a restyled front end.  The car now… more»

New Interior: 1963 Ford Fairlane 500

The Fairlane, named after Henry Ford’s estate in Michigan, was Ford’s primary car in the late 1950s. By the beginning of the 1960s, it played second-fiddle to the new Galaxie series, and in 1962 Ford moved the name to… more»

Fabulous Fairlane 500: 1958 Ford Club Sedan

You know, I think the 1958 Ford gets short shrift. The ’58 Chevrolet has a devoted following today, but it didn’t for years as it was considered overwrought and too often compared to its predecessor, the ’57. And, well… more»

Rad Retractable: 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

Since the start of the 21st century, vehicle manufacturers have become increasingly excited about their ability to create Convertibles with a folding metal roof. They have often trumpeted the technological advances required to produce this feature, and the result… more»

Carport Find: 1957 Ford Skyliner

I have learned, in writing, that sometimes less is more. If one can make their point with fewer words, so be it. However, there usually is a minimum of utterances that are necessary to make a point, or in… more»

Caddy V8 Powered! 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria

“I wish my classic car had less power.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? No, me neither. Most enthusiasts are happy with what the car’s creators provided, but a few crave more. Such is the case with this… more»

Disappearing Top! 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

As the 1950s wore on, U.S. automakers were on a path to make their products more “futuristic”. The 1957-59 Chryslers and their “Forward Look” styling is one example. Another is the retractable hardtop sold by Ford during those same… more»

Teen-Friendly Drop-Top: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 Convertible

Ah, teenagers. They are a fascinating section of our society. Nobody can accept and adapt the latest technology to their needs more quickly and effectively than a teen, and their insatiable appetite for the online world means they are… more»

Running Project: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable

Convertible cars have been with us since the car was invented. The first car had no top whatsoever, then in the 1920s, cloth or leather was used. The retractable hard top was invented about 100 years ago, but it… more»

Hide-Away Hardtop! 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner

The Skyliner retractable hardtop was part of the 1957-59 Ford product lines. Marketed as the “Hide-Away Hardtop” the metal roof retracted into a space that would normally be allocated to the trunk. Though it saw more than 48,000 copies… more»

Needs Finishing: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

There are many reasons why a restoration project can stall, but one of the saddest is when advancing years make it physically impossible for an owner to complete their work. That is the case with this 1957 Ford Fairlane… more»

Retractable Canopy: 1957 Ford Skyliner

The 1950s produced several automobiles that had their share of gimmicks. And perhaps the king of gadgetry was probably the 1957-59 Ford Skyliner, a Fairlane 500 with a retractable hardtop. They weren’t terribly practical because when you had the… more»

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