2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
1959 Ford Fairlane Custom 300 Sedan (RHD)
|Engine||5.4 litre V8|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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The Fairlane started out as Ford's most expensive model in 1955, replacing the Crestline as the top trim level available ahead of the base Mainline and intermediate Customline. Named after Henry Ford's estate in Michigan, the first three generations of Fairlanes, produced between 1955 and 1961, were full-sized models, before the nameplate was used on upmarket versions of the compact Falcon. Billed as the ‘World’s Most Beautifully Proportioned Car’ and certainly one of the best looking American cars of the 1950s, Ford’s long and low 1959 full-size model range showed a certain degree of restraint compared with its rivals, featuring flat top front guards and bonnet, swept rear guards, sculpted sides and a grille highlighted by floating stylised stars. Building on the line-up offered the previous year, Ford added a new series badged the Galaxie mid-way through the 1959 season, positioned above the Custom 300, Fairlane and Fairlane 500 models. All were sold in both six-cylinder and V8 variants, while buyers were offered a diverse range of sedans, station wagons, hardtops, and convertibles. The standard V8 powertrain was the Y-block 292ci unit developing 200 horsepower, with larger 332ci and 352ci V8s both available at extra cost.