Mandarin Orange
Orange
292 V8
3 Speed Automatic
  • 292 cubic inch Thunderbird V8
  • 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Factory power steering
  • Original sheetmetal
  • Correct Mandarin Orange and Colonial White paint
  • Correct Orange and White interior
  • Fresh restoration
  • Rust-free South Carolina car
  • Sale includes an original AM radio

Want a super cool cruiser that's ready to show? How about one with some of the best vintage styling ever draped over two doors and four tires? If the answer is a resounding “YES”, this 1956 Ford Victoria is exactly the car you've been searching for! With its beefy Thunderbird V8, rugged 3-speed transmission and stunning orange and white color combination, this Fairlane is the perfect classic for anyone who enjoys exploring the open road. If you're looking to add a little spice to your weekend routine, here's the perfect way to take Sunday drives to a whole new level!

Solid and straight, the car's all-original body reflects a picturesque combination of Mandarin Orange and Colonial White two-stage that creates a rich and classy demeanor. From its glossy roof to its chip-free rockers, that paint's smooth finish is nice enough to be the star at any hometown show, and certainly nicer than Ford's original, factory-applied lacquer. Naturally, a star of that caliber requires top notch panel fit; and it appears the folks involved in this Victoria's 2011 restoration spent a lot of time making sure its streamlined body maintained excellent cohesion. And overall, this garage-kept Carolinian is a stunning tribute to one of the coolest designs to ever roll out of Dearborn, Michigan.

Not surprisingly, this exceptionally clean Fairlane's stylish body features a roster of cool and carefully maintained details. At the front of the car, an exaggerated egg-crate grille rides between clean headlights, chrome-trimmed parking lamps, intricate header emblems and a guarded bumper that bends around peaked fenders. Between those fenders, a chrome-detailed hood leads the eye to wraparound glass that's reflected by correct chrome mirrors, cleared by bright stainless wipers and framed by thick chrome trim. Below that trim, sculpted door handles, subtle fender skirts and polished rocker guards perfectly complement streamlined side sweeps, expressive “Victoria” scripts and small “THUNDERBIRD V8” emblems. And opposite those emblems, a pivotal “Fairlane” badge rides between chrome-trimmed, jet-inspired tail lights and a second wraparound bumper.

Hoist this Ford's lightweight hood and you'll find a correct, 292 cubic inch Thunderbird V8 that's been fully rebuilt and dressed to impress. Introduced in 1955, this stout little Y-block remained an option in blue oval staples well into the mid-1970s. At the top of the bright orange mill, a glossy silver air cleaner draws wind into a big 4-barrel carburetor that's juiced by fresh stainless fuel lines. Atomized octane passes through a stock intake manifold to correct, cast iron heads that are topped by painted and Thunderbird-branded valve covers. At the front of those valve covers, a rebuilt generator and correct fan spin in unison as a restored radiator keeps things cool via pliable hoses. And spark comes courtesy of a traditional points distributor, which sequences fire between a Ford coil and 7mm High Temperature Static Suppression cables. From its Satin Black fenders to its neat “See Clear” washer bag, this cruiser's bay presents a clean, authentic appearance. And best of all, the 202 horsepower engine fires instantly and sounds surprisingly beefy through cast iron exhaust manifolds and factory-style tail pipes.

At the bottom of this Victoria, a fully sorted undercarriage houses professionally restored floors that are bolted to lots of factory-correct components. Nice enough to show but still fully drivable, this is the perfect compromise for enthusiasts who like to display their classic AND enjoy occasional weekend getaways. Behind the aforementioned Y-block, a stalwart 3-speed transmission sends power to a factory Ford rear end. The car's suspension remains in its original configuration with coils up front, leafs out back and optional power steering. All the chassis' parts feature an immaculate, weather-free appearance, reinforcing the idea that it's been a very long time since this hardtop's seen daily-driver duty. Braking is quick and adequate thanks to fresh drums that occupy all for corners of the suspension. And on the outside of those drums, correctly painted wheels spin 215/75R15 Michelin X Radial whitewalls around classy chrome hub caps.

Two-tone paint is legendary for its characteristically 50s feel. And when paired with this Fairlane's airy interior, it creates the perfect culmination of style and sophistication. Thanks to the car's high quality restoration, its gridded bench seats will be livable for years to come. There's tight carpet that, thanks to thick, “Fairlane” branded floor mats, still features bright orange loops. Front and center, satin-finished gauges and a direct-fit radio look great inside a stylish, Ford-branded dash. At the sides of that dash, scuff-free door panels center chrome handles and small armrests between body-matched frames and unique, Lion-branded sills. In front of the driver, a body-matched steering wheel spins a Mandarin rim around a chrome, Ford-branded horn ring. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk anchors a fresh plaid mat beneath an old school jack and full-size spare.

The sale of this blue oval beaut includes an original AM radio.

It doesn't matter whether you're a Ford guy, Mopar guy or Chevy guy, this impressive Victoria is one of those cars that transcends barriers and claims universal appeal. Its great looks, great performance, and great color combo all add up to an exceptional classic that can be driven and enjoyed every day of the summer. Indulge as is, or tinker with it to make it sharper, either way you'll have a high value cruiser that has unmatched curb appeal and the muscle to back it up!

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