Specifications: 182bhp, 272 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, automatic transmission, wishbone coil spring front suspension and live rear axle, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"
Although Fords of the early 1950s were well built, they were relatively conservative. A dose of style was in order, and the arrival of Franklin Q. Hershey signaled the dawn of a new era, as Fords were suddenly much more exciting. The 1955 Fords were completely redesigned both inside and out and received longer, lower, and wider bodies.
The top of the line was the flashy new Fairlane Crown Victoria, with its pillarless hardtop and ‘tiara’ roof trim. With new factories opening and thousands of cars hitting the showroom floors, the 1955 production run was the second best in Ford history, and its success was largely attributed to the beautiful design of the various Fairlane models.
According to the National Crown Victoria Association, this 1955 Crown Victoria was originally ordered and built as the showroom model of a Los Angeles Ford dealer and is one of only three known to exist with its extensive list of options. In 1999, it received a complete nut and bolt frame-off restoration and has accumulated less than 5,800 miles since; it has also won a Grand National First Place Award from the AACA.
The Crown Victoria is finished in the factory correct two-tone Coral Mist and black with a matching interior and black carpeting. It is heavily optioned with the original, factory correct radio, which was converted to an FM receiver, and rear seat speaker with fader control. In addition, the car features a rear deck antenna, rear window defrost, under dash map light, stainless steel dual exhaust, correct and functional clock, rocker moldings, door handle nail guards, fender skirts, tinted glass, back-up lights, windshield washers, wire basket wheel covers, wide whitewall tires, and Ford Special oil bath cleaner. It is also equipped with power windows, power seats, Ford Swift Sure power brakes, Ford Master Guide power steering, a Ford continental kit, and Ford Select Aire Conditioning – a very rare option for a 1955 automobile.
An original Ford-o-Matic shop manual and owner’s manual, as well as a 1955 Ford air conditioning shop manual, accompany this award-winning Crown Victoria, which was certainly one of the finest and most well-equipped 1955 Fords produced and, thanks to an award-winning restoration, remains as stunning as ever.