First-Gen 1955 Ford Fairlane Looks Harsh in Its Underwear

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There’s an old saying that goes something like “never start what you can't finish.” But as we all are very much aware, life has a habit of not complying with sayings, and finishing stuff we started is not always possible.
In the case of car restorations, it could be a two-bladed sword when in the market for the next project. One could either use and build on incipient, yet not completed work (and that’s the least expensive path), or throw everything away and start over, spending more in the process. We’ll let you decide what category this 1955 Ford Fairlane fits best.

The Fairlane moniker arrived on the market in 1955 as the replacement for the Crestline and was successful enough to be kept in production for the next 15 years. This first-gen Fairlane we have here is described as in “mid restoration condition” with partial work completed at the exterior and interior.

The body of the car is down to the primer; from certain angles, and in certain light, it looks quite interesting as is, and allegedly comes with no rust. The primer is adorned with the chrome elements the car originally had on, and those, it seems, do show some initial signs of rust.

The interior is in a slightly worse shape, showing places with stains and mold, but also the signs of incipient work, like the replacement bucket seats or the presence of all required and cleaned gauges on a reworked dashboard.

No work has been done on the car’s engine. The bay holds a 272-ci (4.5-liter) V8 running a single 2-barrel carburetor and tied to a 3-speed transmission. The seller says it’s unclear whether this powerplant is the one the car originally shipped with.

Showing a little over 52,000 miles (83,600 km) on the odometer, the 1955 Ford Fairlane is selling for $7,900, which seems about right given its condition.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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