1956 Ford Parklane

In the mid-fifties wagons finally came to life. Users wanted a practical vehicle with some glitz. This 1956 Ford Parklane Station Wagon in Fiesta Red over Colonial White (code KE) offered the ability to haul stuff while looking as nice as the family car.

This two-door, six-passenger wagon was new for 1956. It was introduced fill a gap and to compete with Chevrolet's Bel Air Nomad. What they basically did was take the base trim level Ranch Wagon and gave it Fairlane trim and added chrome to the B-pillars. Ford were proud to state in their sales literature, "You've never seen such luxury in a station wagon before!" 

1956 Ford Parklane - side view

Side view

Two-tone all-vinyl or woven plastic and vinyl were standard in the Parklane.

1956 Ford Parklane Interior

Red / white interior

The Parklane is 198.5" long with a wheelbase of 115.5" and is 75.9" wide.

1956 Ford Parklane load area

Lots of space in the load area

All new Fords for 1956 included the new Lifeguard design safety package. This included the new Lifeguard steering wheel designed to flex on impact, Lifeguard double grip door latches that reduced the doors flying open during a crash.  Seat belts and dash padding were an additional but optional Lifeguard feature that could be ordered with the car.

Power comes from a 292 cubic inch Y-block Thunderbird V8 engine producing 200 horsepower which is paired with a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. These options would have cost the original buyer an additional $278. They also opted for Master-Guide power steering at $53, an AM radio costing $100 and MagicAire heater and defroster at $85. This car was built at the Chicago, IL assembly plant.

Ford sold 15,186 Parklane Station Wagons for the 1956 model year. The six cylinder started at $2,428 and the V8 at $2,528. Interestingly the Parklane never made it into the 1957 line-up and was a one-year only model. It was a shame as ultimately it went on to sell nearly twice as many as the Nomad.

These are great wagons and not something you are going to see very often.

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

Recommended Reading

Ford Station Wagons 1929-1991

Ford Station Wagons 1929-1991 by Paul G. McLaughlin

From the Model T, this book chronicles Ford's entrees in the station wagon field.

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