1955 Ford Crown Victoria

This 1955 Ford Crown Victoria in Coral Mist and Raven Black captures that fifties look perfectly. Ford cars totally redesigned their cars for '55 and they were really starting to show the glamorous style that the late fifties was famous for.

This particular Crown Victoria is quite special. Built as a showroom model for a Los Angeles Ford dealer it comes complete with an extensive list of options. It is thought there are only two other cars with the same configuration.

The option list includes: Ford Select Aire air conditioning (very rare for 1955), Swift Sure power brakes, Master-Guide power brakes, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, rear window defrost  rear deck antennas, power windows, AM radio with rear speaker, rear fender skirts, tinted glass, electric clock, rocker panel moldings, door handle nail guards, under the dash map light, wire wheel covers, a factory continental kit and more...

1955 Ford Crown Victoria with factory continental kit

Rear view showing the rare factory continental kit

The speedometer with transparent hood for daylight illumination was a carry over from 1954 but the rest of the dash was new. Ford described it as the New Astra-Dial Control Panel and boasted the speedometer was high up on the control panel in the drivers line of sight. The new full-circle radio dial matched perfectly with the circular heater control and clock.

1955 Ford Crown Victoria Dash

New Ford dash for 1955

The Crown Victoria was part of the top-of-the-line Fairlane lineup. The Fairlane has a distinctive V-shaped side trim that ran the length of the car and is used to divide the two-tone color schemes. Unique to the Crown Victoria is the non-structural band (tiara) that runs from the B-pillars and across the roof. Wraparound windshields were new for '55 too.

1955 Ford Crown Victoria - side view

note the Crown band that runs across the roof

Fairlanes also came equipped with two sun visors, half-circle horn ring, twin horns, arm rests, cigarette lighter, stem-wind clock, bright moldings around the windshield and back window, chrome eyebrows above the headlights and Fairlane nameplate and crest on the hood and desk lid. The side of the car also featured a crest and a body style nameplate.

Also new for 1955 was the Y-block 272 cubic inch (4.5 liter) V8. It was based on the previous design but another 33 cubic inches was added and produced 162 horsepower.

1955 Ford 272 Trigger Torque V8

272 cubic inch Trigger Torque V8

It has a 115.5" wheelbase and the overall length is 198.5" excluding the continental kit which is an aftermarket item.

Some available Ford options in 1955

Option

Price

Power windows

$102

Power seat

$64

Master-Guide power steering

$91

Swift Sure power brakes

$32

Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission

$178

272 CID Trigger Torque V8

$100

Windshield washers

$10

AM Radio

$99

Electric clock

$15

There were 33,165 Crown Victoria cars produced by Ford for 1955, with a base price of $2,302. This car was originally assembled in the Dallas, Texas assembly plant. Extras installed with the car included the 272 V8 engine, Ford-O-Matic Drive automatic transmission and power steering. 

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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