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Lot 503: Ford Fairlane Club Sedan

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Introduced as Ford's new top-of-the-range model in 1955, the Fairlane - named after Henry Ford's 'Fair Lane' mansion in Dearborn - was rival to Chevrolet's successful Bel Air and came in six different body styles with a choice of six-cylinder or V8 engines. The Fairlane range had its own distinctive style, featuring chromed headlight 'eyebrows' and a prominent, swooping side stripe, with eye catching two-tone paintwork available as an extra cost option. Of the body styles available, the Town Sedan variant was the most popular followed by the Club Victoria and then the Club Sedan, 142,629 examples of which were sold in 1956 out of a total Fairlane production that year of 665,306 units. There was a choice of two V8 engines  272ci (4.5-litre) standard and 292ci (4.8-litre) Thunderbird  producing 162 and 193bhp respectively. The stock transmission was a three-speed manual, with overdrive and Ford-o-Matic (automatic) transmission as options. Fast, stylish and solidly built, these first-of-the-line Fairlanes have, in recent times, become increasingly appreciated and sought after by discerning collectors of 1950s Americana. We are advised that this Ford Fairlane Club Sedan is in running order and comes with Netherlands registration papers. The chassis plate indicates that it has the desirable 292ci Thunderbird V8 engine (code 'M').

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number503
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
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Chassis numberM6AT-134110
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