Time Capsule? 1967 Ford Fairlane 500

It’s not often that you see a car worthy of the “time capsule” label, but this 1967 Fairlane 500 certainly is one. In the most popular model and body style of the Fairlane series that year, this car is a beautiful survivor that’s said to have only traveled a documented 40,600 miles. It may find itself only being used  for show purposes these days and is said to have captured several national awards. It can be found in The Lakes in Nevada and is available here on eBay. The bidding has risen to $17,100.70 and the reserve is somewhere north of there.

First a full-size car and later an intermediate, the Fairlane was in its fifth generation of production in 1966-67. Like the full-size Fords, the Fairlane gained stacked headlights for those two years, the only time that would happen over the life of the nameplate (1955-70). The Fairlane is said to have prompted Chevrolet to come out with the Chevelle in 1964 as a stop between the compacts and plain ole big cars. Ford built 317,000 Fairlanes in 1966 and another 238,000 the next year, including this Fairlane 500 2-door hardtop that accounted for more than 70,000 units in ‘67. Given the body style code of 63B on the build sheet, it’s a “regular” 500, not the GT or XL models.

This 500 is said to have left the factory with Sauterene Green paint, but Lime Gold seems to be the more commonly used name for the popular color. From all the photos provided, if there are any apparent flaws to the body or paint, these eyes can’t find them. It has the look of a car that “Grandpa” bought new and used it sparingly over the years, keeping it covered and/or in a garage when not is use. An elderly gentleman is seen in a couple of photos, so perhaps he’s decided its time for the car to move on. But who know, this is just speculation.

The interior is also in remarkable condition, right down to the vinyl Ford-branded floormats over the carpeting. You can spy a matching cup holder in the middle of the front bench seat which may have been custom ordered or was a lucky retail find. This Fairlane was equipped with factory air conditioning, which was gaining in popularity starting in the 1960s. The clock is said to still tell time and the AM radio is probably only good for talk radio as Rock ‘N Roll has since moved to FM and satellite.

Under the hood is the original 289 cubic inch V8 with 2-barrel carb (to sip less fuel) and the C-4 Select-shift automatic transmission. The seller says the car is mechanically a-okay and could be driven just about anywhere. And you’d do it in style with Ford’s sporty steel wheels with center caps. Like with most vintage automobiles, their resale value is largely determined by rarity and condition. This ’67 Fairlane 500 might not be the rarest car, but it certainly is the cleanest. Excellent examples seem to be trading at around $30,000 online and if this were a GT or XL with a 390 motor, the numbers would be higher. The way this beauty was built, it’s a sensible classic by today’s standards.

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Comments

  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    Man,that’s NICE! Hopefully someone will buy
    this & drive it & enjoy it as-is.

    Like 12
  2. alphasud Member

    This car has really good lines. Love the color. The 60’s was the best of times for the big 3 in the looks department. Modern stuff can do everything better but they will never have the sole of this era.

    Like 22
  3. Moparman Member

    Really nice, and one that you don’t see often. This one’s a beauty, GLWTA!! :-)

    Like 9
  4. Jcs

    It appears that a wise buyer stepped up to the plate and snagged this beauty as she is gone. Congrats!

    Like 24
    • Steve Clinton

      Either that or the owner had seller’s remorse.

      Like 4
  5. Gerard Frederick

    alphasud — ¨SOLE¨?

    Like 7
  6. Allen L

    Beauty.

    Like 4
  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Back in the day when I was looking for my first new car, it looked ‘a lot’ like this on a dealer lot. Sure think it was the same color, same body, 289 with a 3 on the tree and O.D. IIRC
    Very nice car but I got a much better deal on a Chevelle.
    Needless to say, I like it.

    Like 3
  8. Troy s

    The ’66-67 two door Fairlanes like this one are right on par, if not better, with the generals A body cars. Very sporty in looks, it matches up well against the Chevelles and LeMans of the day, from ’68 on maybe not so much, the earier Fairlanes were more of “grandpas” styling, at least to me.
    Of course, that safety steering wheel is an unavoidable eyesore. Literally.

    Like 3
  9. Joe

    Already pulled off Ebay

    Like 1
  10. local_sheriff

    Always liked the look of the ’66-’67 Fairlane body though I prefer the ’66 grill. You really don’t need a 390 in such a car, I’ve seen (an heard!) plenty of healthy 289s and other than creating a very unique rumble they can also be built to produce massive punch.

    In my world that Sauterne Gold paint is just icing on the cake – it’s what I tend to call an ‘adult color’ which gets more interesting the more one looks at it. I’m extremely fond of this exact type of colors; true to the era of the car, ‘forgotten’ or even ridiculed by the aftermath, somehow subdued yet delicately leaning towards a yucky edge 😄

    Like 5
  11. Mark

    Great looking Fairlane, needs a big block.

    Like 1
  12. chrlsful Member

    love the stacked hdlghts and straight lines. Needs FE motor, 4, 5 speed? Disc up frnt, modern cam, etc?

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