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Take One or All! Collection of Eight (8) 1954 Fords

It’s not unusual to see collectors migrate to a particular brand of automobile and/or model. But the prior owner here apparently had a fixation for Fords produced in 1954. Not the ’53 or the ‘55s, just the ‘54s which he bought to restore. We assume that said owner has passed on and never got around to working on these eight projects. They’re sitting outdoors in Loveland, Colorado, and are available here on craigslist for between $1,500 and $3,000 each, depending on the car. Or you can take the whole shebang home for $14,000. Where does Barn Finder T.J. keep coming up with cool tips like this?!

With a styling refresh, Ford’s 1954 automobile lineup consisted of the Mainline, Customline, and Crestline, plus station wagons. Within the Crestline, a new model was the Skyliner 2-door hardtop, which came with a tinted, see-through roof that met with mixed success due to sunlight. In the wagon category, you had the Country Sedan and Country Squire, the latter harkening back to the “Woodies” of just a few years earlier. The cars offered a new V8 engine, an OHV version at 130 hp which replaced the old flathead motor.

As the story goes, these eight ’54 Fords were owned by an elderly gentleman who was both a machinist and artist by trade. He loved to buy up these cars, restore them, and then resell them, presumably at a profit. He tended to go after lower mileage machines with solid bodies, and that may apply to what we see here, in different states of deterioration as more time passes. Just about every model and body style is represented, sans the drop tops and Skyliner (which would be much more valuable).

The seller says these cars are complete, for the most part, and should be in stock condition. A few items may be missing here and there like some of the glass. One of the cool items on the 1954 Ford was the Astra-Dial Control Panel. The Astra-Dial panel was affixed at eye level above the rest of the controls for easier reading. I believe this feature hung around through the 1956 model year (our family had a ’55 when I was growing up and I recall that feature).

If you come out to inspect this collection, you’ll find some with the basic inline-6 engine, others with the then-new 239 Y-block V8. Some have a 3-speed electric overdrive transmission. In theory, if you don’t want the whole package (which works out to $1,750 apiece), you could take home two or three of them and perhaps end up with one really nice project car when you get done. As usual, the seller’s prices are OBO and he/she would be willing to consider a trade, depending on what you have to offer in exchange.


  1. Will Fox

    Russ, the “Astro-Dial” speedometer housing was utilized `54-`55 only, and was gone by the time `56 rolled around. Just an FYI.

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  2. Charles Geer

    The Astra-Dial was also used in the 1956 Thunderbird; the 1957 model had a dashboard similar to the 1956 standard Fords.

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  3. Yblocker

    People belly ached about the glass top back then, today a sunroof is standard fare. I’m only about an hour from these ole gems, I may have to take a gander

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  4. DON

    If these were 55-57 Fords I’d bet they’d all be sold by now

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  5. Marshall Belcher

    I just have to have the blue one to drive as is. Only if they would take one of the zeros off an tell me i won’t fall through the floor board an run myself over. Call go fund me guys..

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  6. Chanz110

    I remember this car well from my childhood. It was my mother’s first new car that she had bought. It was a ’54 ” Sky Blue” Victoria Crestline with a white roof. White Interior. She bought a new ’67 Galaxie and the Victoria was then used around the farm bringing in crops from the fields. The front support bar underneath, below the radiator broke and it was left sitting beside the barn until towed away by the junkyard around 1975. I still have the hubcaps & the airplane from atop of the hood!! Interested parties feel free to contact me!! Willing to part with this memorabilia for the right price! Wish I had that car back today..

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    • Gary

      My great uncle Ernie had a two tone green 54 four door with the V8. I loved that car when I was a kid back in the late 60’s,it ran good for a four door.

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  7. Eric

    History worth restoring – I especially like the station wagon as we grew up with them as family car

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  8. Yblocker

    I wonder what made the ole guy gravitate toward the 54s, except for the dash and the grille, and the flathead V8, they were the same cars. These were sharp looking cars, compared to the stodgy school teacher cars the “other two ” were still building.

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  9. BigDaddyBonz

    Love those old Fords. Great practical styling. Dad had a 53 in that common pale green color. Miss that era when you could tell one brand from another.

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  10. Vibhic

    It was my fifteenth birthday. I was sitting at the kitchen table when my older brother came down the drive. He zoomed past the dining room window in a powder blue 1954 Ford two door sedan. It was my birthday present from him. It cost a whopping thirty five dollars. This started my love affair for old cars. To this day 52 – 54 Ford’s are a favorite of mine.

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  11. Paul

    ’54 was the first year for the updated font suspension. These are easily converted to disc brakes using factory pieces.

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  12. Ed Herndon

    I’m interested in all eight vehicles, are they still available?

    Riverview, FL

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  13. William Maceri Member

    When I was 4 years old my uncle had a 54 Ford door sedan, it too was light blue with blue interior. I think it might have been an inline 6, with a 3 speed manual transmission on the column. One day he had it parked in our driveway. I got in it to pretend I was driving moving the gear shift to different gears. When I was done playing, I just got out, leaving the gear shift in neutral apparently. I soon noticed the blue 54 was beginning to roll backwards down the driveway. I remember olding on to the front bumper as if to stop it from rolling onto the street. (as if). It rolled out into the street, and somehow parked perfectly next to the curb across the street. I just walked away like I knew nothing about it. Well that worked fine. When my uncle left, he just got in it and drove away assuming that’s where he had parked it. Lucky me! I would just add my favorite car design became the 59 Ford Fairlane 500. That car has remained in my top 5 favorite cars of all time. It still is. It had it all. The front grill and headlights is such a beautiful and elegant look, the sculpted front fenders have great character lines, and the back is bold and beautiful. The afterburner taillights and the much smaller off set backup lights had just a hint of a fin that was tasteful and yet keep the 59 with the late 50s styling of chrome and fins. The 1959 is just beautiful. I like so many of the late 50s and 60s car styling, including Chrysler’s foreword, and extreme look that Exner started and Engle ran with. Everyone will agree, those Chryslers weren’t for everyone, but I really like them. But nothing tops the 59 Ford Fairlane, and even the Country Sedan and Squire wagons.

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  14. Claudio

    So many deaths , more info at steve kirsch if you want to know why

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