Often forgotten in the realm of early 1960s Fords is the attractive midsize Fairlane, generally overshadowed by the full-size Galaxie on the one hand and the popular compact Falcon on the other. But the Ford Fairlane has much going for it, as anyone who’s driven one would know.
The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop coupe, a top-drawer model said to be a two-owner car with just over 70,000 miles and in great condition. The car is powered by Ford’s lightweight 221cid Windsor V8 rated at 145 horsepower, with automatic transmission and power steering.
This was the second year that Fairlane was produced as an intermediate car, 12 inches shorter than the Galaxie and 16 inches longer than the Falcon. Its name, by the way, was derived from Henry Ford’s Michigan estate, Fair Lane.
The Fairlane is largely in factory condition, aside from a repaint “many years ago” that is now fading, according to the Greene, Iowa, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. The only changes from stock mentioned in the ad are an aftermarket tachometer and an FM converter for the AM radio.
“Its original two-tone interior is in impeccable condition,” the dealer adds.
The coupe rides on its original steel wheels and dog-dish hubcaps, although the dealer suggests that a set of custom mags would “really change this car from a stock original to a beautiful head turner.” I tend to disagree, liking what I see right here.
Model year 1963 was a stylistic standout for Ford cars in general, partially because of the adaptation across the model range of the “Thunderbird roofline” with its wide C-pillar. It certainly works on the Fairlane. Front-end styling for the ’63 Fairlane was similar to that of the Galaxie, while the interior received some of the higher-end components of the bigger car.
The Fairlane looks very straight in the photos accompanying the ad, and fairly priced at $17,995.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.