August 24, 2012
CRIDERSVILLE — The Ford Fairlane was an automobile model sold between 1955 and 1970 by the Ford Motor Company in North America. The Ford Fairlane was introduced in 1955 as Ford’s full-size model and was available in six different body styles. The vehicle could be assembled as a 2 door club sedan, a 4 door town sedan, a Victoria 2 door hardtop, a Sunliner convertible, a Crown Victoria, or a Crown Victoria with a plastic top. The 1959 Ford models were billed as “The World’s Most Beautifully Proportioned Cars.” Ford won the Gold Medal for exceptional styling at the Brussels World’s Fair.
Bill and Lila Dickerson, of Cridersville, brought their 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria to The LIma News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. They have owned it for approximately three years. This particular car was built in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 27, 1959. It has the original 292 c.i. engine and Fordomatic transmission. Dickerson’s favorite memory of the car is when he got the Fordomatic to shift smooth by turning the throttle linkage three turns.