January 11, 2013
LIMA — The Ford Fairlane model was sold between 1955 and 1970. The name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate Fair Lane in Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford cars grew larger in 1957. The new chassis allowed the floor to be placed lower, which in turn led to a lower, longer look, and yes, it had tailfins! The 1957 Ford Fairlane model made record breaking sales, and for the first time since 1935, Ford outsold Chevrolet. It was a low, wide, handsome and completely new car from the ground up.
Terry Slane, of Lima, brought his 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 18 years. This car originated in California, and Slane has the original California title. Slane says he enjoys driving it and received comments from people that owned a ‘57.