Pretty in Peacock Blue: 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-Door Hardtop Coupe

  • February 02, 2021
The Rundown
  • Beautifully Restored & Detailed ‘50s Classic Cruiser
  • 225bhp 312ci ‘P Code’ 4-Barrel V8 Engine
  • Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
  • Dashing Top-of-the-Line Styling Cues
  • Gorgeous 2-Tone Peacock Blue & White Combination
  • 35k Seller-Stated Miles
Why We Like It

Mildly updated for 1956, the full-size Ford passenger car lines were extremely popular and successful in the face of Chevrolet’s massive market attack of 1955 and continued pressure from the various other GM divisions. Occupying the top echelon of Ford’s models, the Fairlane series (in particular the swanky Crown Victoria hardtop) continued with select enhancements as the spearhead of Ford’s full-size counterattack. In addition to their winning style, Ford’s offerings for ’56 included not one, but three choices of V8 engine sizes, ranging from 272ci to 292ci, and the top dog 312ci “Thunderbird” V8 borrowing some of the glow from Ford’s successful and sporty 2-seater, which enjoyed its second model year in production for 1956.

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pretty-in-peacock-blue-1956-ford-fairlane-crown-victoria-2-door-hardtop77202656-770-0@2XRestored to show winning condition and resplendent in factory specified 2-tone Peacock Blue and white paint with matching interior combination, this Fairlane Crown Victoria Coupe is simply a wonderful example of one of Ford’s most glamorous full-size offerings for ‘56. In addition to the effective stainless exterior trim exclusive to the Crown Victoria, it’s very well equipped with robust ‘P Code’ 312ci “Thunderbird” 4-barrel V8 power, the advanced Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, and a great overall presence. Newer items include a recent front-suspension and steering rebuild, plus installation of a new battery, starter and starter solenoid, along with lots of new chrome brightwork and replacement of the fuel tank.

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Valuation Verdict

One of the most stylish American cars of the ‘50s, yet unencumbered by the design excesses of the era that were still to come, the 1955-‘56 Fairlane Crown Victoria Coupe captured the excitement and enthusiastic outlook of postwar North America like no other automobile, and they continue to be extremely desirable and quite affordable collector cars today. Our subject is captivating, to say the least, and priced near Hagerty’s #1 valuation, but seems to be quite worth it as it’s in conjunction with the few auction sales we’ve seen recently, spurring our fair market opinion. While a 1956 model car indeed, it also includes select and desirable updates for a great drive.

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