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1965 Ford Fairlane 500

This 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 2-door hardtop was built in the Atlanta, Georgia assembly plant. Painted in Wimbledon White with contrasting red interior it’s a great color combination.

Fairlane was Ford’s classy intermediate with the Fairlane 500 being the top trim level of the line including many trim extras, not least carpets rather than vinyl floor mats found in the standard Fairlane models.

Often seen with their standard six cylinder engine it was the year that the 200 cubic inch engine replaced the previous 170 cubic inch six cylinder boasting greater horsepower and smoother performance. However, this particular Fairlane was a V8 right from the factory.

rear view of a 1965 Ford Fairlane
rear view

This was the first year that Fairlane taillights were not round and featured chrome “cross-hair” accents across the lens face.

bench seat interior of a 65 Ford Fairlane
bench seat interior

1965 was also the year that Ford added more sound deadening to make the passenger a little less prone to road noise.

Under the hood sits a 289 cubic inch Challenger Special V8 (code A) that outputs 225 horsepower. This is paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.

289 Challenger Special V8 in a 1965 Fairlane
289 Challenger Special V8

Ford built 41,405 2-door hardtops for the 1965 model year, although this figure doesn’t differentiate between the six and V8. One would have cost you $2,377 for the six and another $108 to upgrade to the 289 cubic inch V8.

Overall, 170,980 Fairlane 500s were produced during the ’65 model year. Fairlane sales were falling and we can put the blame on the Mustang that was taking the country by storm.

This 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for lots more photos)

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