1963 Ford Fairlane 500
1963 Ford Fairlane 500
Sleepers are some of our favorite cars here at Classic Auto Mall. Not only because they're fast and soft-spoken, but also because they represent the ingenuity of putting big horsepower in anonymous and sometimes unpopular packages. It's a side of our personality that, given the pages of polished cars on our website, you probably wouldn't expect to see. And I know what you're thinking… You doubt my sincerity about introducing a genuine, road-ready sleeper. But alas, after you take just one look at this original Ford Fairlane, you'll quell your convictions.
Not the most powerful optioned Fairlane in the offerings of 1963, but certainly a respectable grocery getter, that remains mostly original in its presentation. A difficult at best car to find in this condition, and it is super clean. From its bat- mobile-esque small tail fins, to its turbine like rear stoplights, lets usher in the very beginnings of the jet age, in style…” put some records on while I pour”.
A consigner stated mostly original paint, we note some chips, scratches and dirt marks, but mostly amazing original and good condition straight steel, all minding their gaps, and staying in line. Opening and closing the doors, this car literally has the Mercedes thud, with no after closing vibrating jiggle sounds, just a cold hard thud...which speaks to fit and finish on this 56-year-old car. No rust at all stated here by the consigner, and if you look closely, he's correct! With the panels bathed in Corinthian White, we note a nicely placed black trim spear going from fore to aft at the belt line. Bordered by polished stainless, it attracts attention at just the right place for one's eye to follow the early 1960's line of this car. Plenty of other chromed trim work around all windows, on sunshades above passenger windows, and drip moldings as well as highlighting the B pillar. The grille sports a pattern that reminds us of a chromed tweed and is flanked by dual headlights and some front fender toppings looking like mini fins. Wire faux knockoffs are on all 4 corners, and are wrapped by thin whites, with good tread showing on all.
Blue on Blue with x patterned tuck and roll cloth inserts, surrounded by darker blue shiny bolsters, and some white piping thrown in for some seat bling, midcentury modern style. Both seats are benches which stretch from door panel to door panel with the similar x patterned tuck and roll only this time in dark blue, and vinyl is lighter blue…very tricky Henry. Dash, dash top and steering wheel are all original, and dealer installed air is seen hanging below the dash over the hump. A Metro original looking satellite radio is mounted gracefully into the dash, and you'd never know it. The original radio has been retained and will come with the car, along with a car cover, and an original set of hub caps. A white headliner hangs tightly above, and black carpet floods the floors under the seats, and show matching blue Fairlane embroidered carpeted floor mats.
A lift of the hood, and we are greeted with a 260ci V8 nicely patina'd and original. This engine runs very smoothly, starts quickly, and can get you up to speed in a hurry. This utilizes a 2-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission to put power back to a Ford 8-inch 3.00 conventional rear.
New gas tank, new exhaust system, new shocks, and recently installed brakes, we see minimal surface rust, and structurally sound steel below. Independent front suspension, leaf spring rear suspension, and drum brakes all around are noted while underneath.
A real charmer, with a consigner stated 78,884 miles, original paint, engine, and interior, all clean, and all ready to turn the key and go. I'll meet you at the local drive in.
R-San Jose CA Assy Plant
42-Fairlane 500 4 Door Sedan
F-260 ci V8 2bbl
117373-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 54B-Fairlane 500 4 Door Sedan
COLOR M-Corinthian White
DATE 24K-October 24th Build
DSO 73-Salt Lake City
AXLE 1-3.00 Conventional
TRANS 3-2 Speed Ford-O-Matic
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.