1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

1956 was a truly great year with Ford producing some of their most beautiful and memorable cars. What’s not to love about this Fairlane Victoria 2-door Hardtop?

The Fairlane is a very attractive car, and to further enhance its appearance the Victoria was designed with a roof line that was two inches lower that other cars in the line-up 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. 

side view of a 56 Ford Fairlane Victoria 2-door hardtop
side view

Painted in factory Goldenglow Yellow and Colonial White it’s an undeniably striking color combination. This beautiful Ford has covered just 75,260 actual miles in its lifetime.

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.

new for 1956 ford instrument panel
‘new for 1956’ instrument panel

Inside, the White Vinyl and Black ‘tree’ fabric color scheme complements the exterior perfectly.

black cloth and white vinyl interior in a 56 Ford
black cloth and white vinyl interior

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 M code 292 cubic inch V8
M code 292 V8

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

OptionPrice
Master-Guide power steering$53
Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission $178
Magic Air heater / defroster$85
Radio$100
Electric clock$15

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 Chester, PA. assembly plant.

This ’56 Ford Fairlane Victoria is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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