As the 1959 version of One Ford changed the face of Ford Australia, neither the unwieldy US Fairlane nor fragile US Falcon could meet the needs of private and government buyers who had embraced the Aussie Customline as a tough and desirable step-up from a Holden.
Within two years, Ford’s Australian arm was fighting for its survival and had to return to building unique models for Australia.
Because owners of local Customlines built between 1952 and 1959 would have to wait until 1967 for an Australian ZA Fairlane replacement, each Customline still on Australian roads seemed to defy the obsolescence Detroit had intended. Each example generated new and loyal followings with successive owners. This extended period of relevance which crossed Australian generations places a genuine local RHD Customline of any year in elite company.
The Customline shares an unlikely but special place in Australian motoring history with the FJ Holden and the big Austin-Healey as one of the few everyday cars from this period which had unique appeal and relevance that crossed generations. Used values which have remained firm for decades reflect this timelessness and the fact that they were exceptional cars for their time.