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Lot: 173

1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner
    Estimate: $65,000 - $85,000
    • Vin: M6EC215976

215 HP, 312 cid "Y-block" overhead valve V8 engine, 3-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil spring over shocks, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf spings, 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5”

Fairlane was Ford's top-line series starting in 1955, with its distinctive sweep-spear side trim and unique two-tone paint schemes. The name Sunliner had referred to the soft-top convertibles from Ford since 1952. When these two names came together for 1956 it was a match made in heaven.

This outstanding example has been given a documented restoration that really brings out the styling cues of the mid-1950's to their fullest impact. Starting with the exterior paint scheme of Colonial White over Raven black, and continuing into the seating area with the black and white theme replicated in vinyl, you can get a real sense of the excitement these cars brought to the automotive market. The car is topped off with a proper fitting black soft-top for those rare occasions when you don't want to be showing off this member of the "Fine Family of Ford Cars" to the fullest extent.

During the restoration it is reported that an up-graded Y-block V8 with 312 cid, rather than the stock 292, was planted under the hood backed up by a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. A modern sound system was installed in the dashboard with the controls mounted neatly just like it belonged there. To keep the passengers cool a modern Vintage Air using the R134A system was installed. Also, modern rack and pinion steering plus power brakes were added for extra control and stopping power.

The clean lines of this restoration really shows off the design concepts the stylists were aiming for when the 1956 Fairlane was being developed. An outstanding convertible for an outstanding collection, this car is for someone who deserves nothing but the best.

 

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