Crown Jewel: 24k-Mile 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Hardtop

  • March 19, 2021
The Rundown
  • One of the Most Stylish 1950s Ford Models
  • Just 23k Actual Miles w/ Notarized Statement
  • Owned For 41 Years by Former Owner
  • Original & Rare All-Black Exterior
  • Festive 2-Tone Red & White Interior
  • Top Optional ‘Thunderbird’ 292ci, 198hp V8 Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Very Well-Equipped w/ Desirable Features
Why We Like It

Following the success of Ford’s very first hardtop model, the Victoria, which was styled by Gordon Buehrig of prewar Duesenberg and Cord renown, Ford doubled down on style with the glamorous Crown Victoria Hardtop introduced for 1955. Featuring dashing two-tone paint finishes delineated by saucy dipped side trim spears and matching interior treatments, the Crown Victoria helped shore up Ford sales along with the Fairlane Sunliner convertible and new two-seater Thunderbird at the high end of Dearborn’s model range.

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crown-jewel-24k-mile-1955-ford-fairlane-crown-victoria-hardtop00x0x dL1FM3SwkeQz 0CI0t2 1200x900This 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Hardtop is a spectacular example with just 23k miles from new supported by a notarized statement from the former owner, who fiercely preserved the vehicle for 41-years. Featuring rare monochromatic black paint with the customary two-tone interior in red and white, this wonderful Crown Vic features power by the optional ‘Thunderbird V8’ engine (292ci/198hp) and automatic transmission combination. Accents, accessories, and options are numerous and very desirable, but rather than list them all, suffice it to say this is a prime, collector-quality Crown Victoria all around.

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Valuation Verdict

One of the most stylish American cars of the mid-1950s, the Crown Victoria of 1955 and 1956 is glamorous, yet still unencumbered by the design excesses of the era that were still to come. Dashing and featuring advanced hardtop construction, these Ford models captured the excitement, growing affluence, and enthusiastic outlook of postwar North America like no other car. They were, and continue to be, extremely desirable and quite affordable American collector cars. Our subject example is captivating, to say the least, and carries fabulous history with minimal use over the past 65+ years. Priced near Hagerty’s #1 valuation, it seems to be quite worth it for such an immaculate survivor, spurring our ‘Fair Market’ opinion.

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