Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 Custom Ranch Wagon – From the Funeral Home to the Dragstrip

Photos from the Cohort by L. Seddon.

This is a follow-up to a post published last November on this station wagon. Unlike the previous occasion, where the old Fairlane wagon coyly peeked from under its cover, this time we can see it fully. Besides the new images, the uploader also provided some additional information on the vehicle. So besides its looks, we get to uncover a bit more about its past.

The wagon is a Canadian-assembled unit, in RHD spec for the British market. It was imported to the UK in early 1964 and according to its current owner, it was originally used as a hearse.

Not a model I usually associate with hearses, but I shouldn’t say much. I currently live in a nation where old Toyota pickups perform such duties (I should take a photo of that at some point), so this Fairlane is trés chic for that duty when seen that way.

The current owner purchased the Fairlane in ’82, customized it and took it drag racing to the York raceway. After some time in storage, the car has recently come out back into the open.

If the telling is true, it’s quite a switch of careers. But such is the fate of cars, and I’ve seen more fantastic outcomes. Still, a fun change of activities; from solemn host to wild performer. Will the future bring more surprises?


Further reading:

Car Show Classic: 1963 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe K-Code

Curbside Classic: 1963 Ford Fairlane Sedan – XL – Size Falcon; XS – Size Galaxie