Fun Ford Facts - Fairlane VS Torino
The Ford Fairlane first went into production in 1955 and started out as a full-sized model that replaced the Crestline. It came in 6 distinct body styles, but all had the distinguishable Fairlane stripe down the side.
In 1957, some design changes helped Ford surpass Chevrolet in sales for the first time since 1935. It’s also the first time we see the trim level Fairlane 500. In mid-1959 the trim level Galaxie is added as a top-level model.
The Galaxie name encompassed all of Ford’s full size models and the Fairlane brand moved to a new intermediate model size in 1962. The Fairlane 500 continued to be the top-level trim. In 1963, the Fairlane joined the drag racing market with a new class, the “Thunderbolt”. These are very rare cars; only 100 were ever made.
In 1966, Ford reintroduced a wagon version of the Fairlane and in 67 a pickup was introduced, the Ranchero. Although the sheetmetal and trim of these models varied significantly, underneath, they were all the same car.
With the 6th generation in 1968, Ford adds several trims to the Fairlane, starting with the Torino at the top and a fastback model was added to the Fairlane 500 series. The Ranchero continued to be produced and a new style, the Cobra was introduced in 1969 to compete with Plymouth’s Road Runner.
In 1970, Ford made the Torino the primary model and Fairlane became the sub-series. This year featured 13 different models, starting with the Fairlane 500 as the base model and moving up with Torino, and the Torino Brougham. Two sporty versions were also available, the Torino GT and Torino Cobra. At mid-year, the Falcon was introduced.
By 1971, the Fairlane 500 and Falcon names were dropped and all intermediate models took the Torino name.
Our customer’s car is a 1970 model year, so it’s a Ford Torino with the base-model Fairlane 500 package!