Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The Ford Fairlane was an automobile model sold between 1955 and 1970 by the Ford Motor Company in North America.
The name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan.
Over time, the name referred to a number of different cars in different classes; the Fairlane was initially a full-size car, but became a mid-size car from the 1962 model year. The mid-sized model spawned the Australian-built Fairlane in 1967, although it was considered a large car there.
The Fairlane name was moved to Ford’s new intermediate, introduced for the 1962 model year, to bridge the gap between the compact Ford Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie, making it a competitor for GM’s A-body “senior compacts”.
With an overall length of 197 in and a wheelbase of 115.5 in, it was 16 in longer than the Falcon and 12.3 in shorter than the Galaxie. Wheel track varied from 53.5 in to 56 in depending on model and spec.
The Fairlane’s standard engine was the 170 CID six, but as an option, it introduced Ford’s new, lightweight Windsor V8, initially with a displacement of 221 CID and 145 hp; a 260 CID “Challenger” version was added at mid-year, with an advertised 164 hp.
The Sports Coupe option debuted mid-year and featured bucket seats and a mini console. The trim level supplemented the Fairlane and Fairlane 500 trim levels (the 500 model had more decorative trim, such as a wider chrome stripe down the side and three bullets on the rear quarter panels). All 1962 Fairlanes had “B” posts despite the popularity of the pillarless hardtop and convertible styles in that era.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|170ci||16.6 sec||20.4 sec||Ford|
|221ci||12.0 sec||18.9 sec||Ford|
|Fairlane Six||170ci||1x1bbl||101 hp||156 lb-ft|
|Fairlane V-8||221ci||1x2bbl||145 hp||216 lb-t|
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