Mid-fifties Fords are arguably some of most beautiful cars produced in that wonderful decade, as you can see with this 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 2-door Hardtop.
The Fairlane is an attractive car, and to further enhance its appearance the Victoria was designed with a roof line that was two inches lower to give it a much more sporty look.
After a substantial restyle the previous year Ford reused the 1955 bodies but revised the grille, the round parking lamps were gone and replaced with oblong ones, the chrome trim around the headlamps was gone and there was a new jet-style hood ornament.
Outside on this Fairlane we see the ever popular Peacock Blue and Colonial White combination. This car was actually the subject of a frame-off restoration 15 years ago and still looks incredibly fresh.
Inside is Ford’s newly styled instrument panel / dash for 1956 and features the new ‘deep dish’ steering wheel designed for greater safety – something that Ford had just started taking a greater interest in.
Inside, the White Vinyl and Blue ‘tree’ fabric color scheme complements the exterior perfectly.
Under the hood is an ‘M’ code 292 cubic inch Thunderbird V8 engine that outputs 202 horsepower. It is paired with a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission – a combination that would have cost the original owner an additional $278.
1956 saw the electrics upgraded to 12 volts (up from the previous 6 volt system). This kept up with the growing demand for accessories and made starting a bit easier too.
Some Ford options for 1956
|Master-Guide power steering||$53|
|Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission||$178|
|Magic Air heater / defroster||$85|
It proved an immensely popular car with Ford producing 177,735 Fairlane Victoria 2-door Hardtops for the 1956 model year. They had a base price of $2,194 for the base six cylinder version with a $100 premium for the 292 cubic inch V8. This Victoria was built in the Long Beach, CA. assembly plant.
This ’56 Ford Fairlane Victoria is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)