1955 was a big year for most automobile manufacturers with most of them giving their cars a totally new look. Ford was no different with their cars looking completely new and fresh. They were arguably entering the period where they produced some of their finest looking cars.
These new cars were longer, lower and wider. Ford’s really big news this year was the launch of the Thunderbird and all their cars were styled in harmony with this new beauty.
Fairlane was the new top trim level replacing the Crestline series. They are instantly recognizable by their striking V-shaped side trim. They also came with fender skirts as standard.
Victoria was the name Ford gave to their pillarless hardtop models. As they entered the second half of the fifties, cars were getting much more colorful with Ford offering 21 two-tone combinations available for 1955.
Inside you’ll find the new for ’55, Astra-Dial instrument panel. The only carry over item was the transparent hood over the speedometer that was introduced the previous year. Note that Fairlanes had a steering wheel and column that were color-blended with interior and exterior colors.
Under the hood is a 272 cubic inch V8 engine. The standard V8 (U-code) had a 2-barrel carburetor and output 162 horsepower. However, this Fairlane is equipped with a M-code 272 which has a 4-barrel carburetor and offers an extra 20 hp.
This is paired with a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission rather than the standard 3-speed manual.
It was a great year for Ford and 1955 sales were up nearly 25% over the previous year. They sold over 645,000 Fairlanes with 113,372 of them being the 2-door Victoria Hardtop. You could have had one for $2,095 for the base six cylinder and another $100 for a V8. Ford-O-Matic Drive was further $178.
Other options on this Fairlane Victoria include; power windows ($100), Swift Sure power brakes ($40), power seat ($65) and Master-Guide power steering ($91).
This 1955 Fairlane is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)