June 2, 2019
This 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 comes to us from a year in which the North American automobile industry wasn’t in the best of shape. A recession had hit it hard, and The Big Three approached the model year from two different directions: General Motors’ offerings were all new, and most (all?) of them were overly chrome-laden and very heavy looking (and they’d all be completely re-done again for 1959); Ford and Chrysler’s 1958 cars were mild restyles of their 1957 models. This nice two-toned hardtop, seen a few weeks ago in Amherst, sat at the top of Ford’s full-size lineup, which ranged from the Custom 300 through the Fairlane and Fairlane 500 models. Ford produced over 80,000 Fairlane 500 Club Victorias like this one, with a starting MSRP of $2,435.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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