The 1955 Ford Fairlane was one of the most luxurious cars on the market and today is a highly prized collector car. In fact, 1955 Ford Fairlane parts are still available, both originals and reproduction. The name Fairlane refers to Ford’s top trim level. The name Fairlane replaced the Crestline moniker that was used in previous years. In addition to having a new name, the ‘55 Fairlane had a number of notable improvements.
Starting with the 1955 model year, the Ford sedans were offered with a panoramic windshield. These windshields provided a wider, unobstructed field of view for the driver and passengers. The windshields also helped the Fords to have a modern appearance and helped them keep pace with competitors who introduced panoramic windshields in 1954.
The 1955 Ford Fairlanes weren’t made with seat belts, but seat belts were provided as an option that Ford dealers could install in the vehicles. Though seat belts would be standard issue by the late 50’s, only Nash was offering seat belts before Ford.
Another option that was first offered in 1955 was the conditioning. Ford’s air conditioning system was called the Ford Select Aire Conditioner. Like seat belts, the air conditioning system was not installed at the factory but was added by the dealer. The air conditioning utilized two vents, one on each side of the radio.
The Fairlane Crown Victoria Hardtop Coupe was offered with a futuristic transparent roof. Known affectionately as the Glasstop Vicky, the Fairlane’s transparent roof curved around the front of the roof. While the roof did provide a great view, the car would get very hot in the bright sun.
Regardless of the new innovations, the Fairlane was a remarkable vehicle due to its overall looks and styling. For those with an old Fairlane in the garage, quality 1955 Ford Fairlane Parts are still available to keep the classic rolling down the road.