As an adult, my dad and I have rarely had the opportunity to travel together alone. Both of us lead busy lives and we’ve just never made it happen. I have always wanted to do a car related trip with my dad, especially since we both love cars and love to drive. So this Christmas, I decided to take the bull by the horns and plan a trip as a surprise for my Dad.
I have long heard how great the car show/swap meets are in Carlisle, PA, but I have never gone. While I would prefer seeing a show with all brands, rather than something brand centric, I suppose these brand specific car shows often bring some more unique and interesting vehicles. I had read that 2018 Carlisle all Ford Show was celebrating 50 years of Torino, and decided this would be the perfect trip for Dad and I to embark on. I figured this would be a rare opportunity for me to see a large gathering of Torinos along with lots of other high quality and unique Fords.
I didn’t get any shots, but this painting is of an area we drove through.
On Thursday May 31st, Dad and I set off for Carlisle. We crossed the border rather uneventfully at Ford Erie and travelled on through upper New York State. Once we crossed over into northern Pennsylvania, we ended up having a scenic trip on route 15. The forests and foothills that lined the highway were lush and green and the roads were smooth and well maintained. Eventually continued on south towards the Harrisburg Area where we found our accommodations in Camp Hill, PA.
The next two days we spend exploring the fair grounds at Carlisle. For those who have never been, the car shows at Carlisle are huge, but very well-organized. There is lots of parking around the site grounds, with people/businesses charging small fees to park on private property. We went early and were able to get a spot in a school parking lot right next to one of the gates. The grounds themselves are divided into several areas. There are sections dedicated to the swap meet, the car show, cars for sale, vendors and there are several buildings on site. The buildings have additional vendors, and some higher end or feature cars. There were other activities too, including autocross events, burnout contests, car related celebrity autographs (Dave Kindig was one of the celebrities this year), and new car test drives offered by Ford. There is a ton of stuff to see and do, and even with the two days we spent, we didn’t see everything.
There were so many Mustangs, they were even had colour matched sections. This was the “red” section.
I ended up taking hundreds of photos of cars from the show. There were a lot of really cool finds that I hope the CC readers enjoy. I have one disclaimer though. While the car show is “all Fords” I should point out that it seems to be at least half Mustang (maybe more). There are a ton of Mustangs at this show, and a huge number of them are late-model cars. While I generally like Mustangs, I see them all the time so I can’t say I spent much time in the Mustang sections. Further, Dad and I are far more interested in older cars, not late-model stuff, so we basically skipped most of the late-model cars. So my photos are more focused on other vintage Fords.
I am going to document this show over a series of articles that will be pretty photo centric. For the first part in this series, we are going to look at the full-size Fords, or the standards. Dad and I have always had a big interest in the so-called “standards” from the Big 3, so we really enjoyed looking at these Fords. We found examples from the 1950’s to the late 1980’s. I tried to organize the photos in chronological order, and provided detail on some cars of specific interest. I hope you enjoy!
There were very few pre 1950 Fords at the show. In fact, I think I only saw one, which was modified and I didn’t photograph it. Also surprising was that I didn’t see any 1949-50 Fords. Dad and I always liked these cars and I was hoping to see a few nice examples. There were several nice 1953-54 Fords though as you’ll see below.
The mid 1950’s Fords were well represented, although the majority were higher end models. Along with original cars and restorations, there were a few resto-mods, although not traditional hot rodded versions.
This nicely done 55 Ford Crown Victoria resto-mod was mostly stock appearing with the only major giveaway the modern wheels. I can certainly appreciated the time and effort that goes into making more modern engines, suspensions and drivetrains work in older cars, however, when it comes to these mid 50’s Fords, I’d rather have it stock. So I will take the blue 2-door sedan above restored to stock specs.
This ’56 Sunliner was in the for sale tent. At first glance I figured it was a stock car, until I looked closer and saw the 4.6 DOHC V8 under the hood. The car was pretty nicely done and I am sure the modern driveline would not only be more powerful and fuel-efficient, but have much improve driveability. It’s too bad the owner tacked the 4.6 and Cobra emblems on the front fenders and under the hood. They looked quite tacky in my opinion. Again, I still prefer the green example above restored to stock specs, which was quite nicely done and detailed.
1957 Ford – 1959 Fords
I was surprised at the lack of 1957-59 Fords. There were quite a few Skyliner’s, but there was little representation from the more mainstream Fords. This 1957 Ford below was owned by a man who had owned one in his youth. This was a ’57 Fairlane, which had the unique side trim over the more commonly seen Fairlane 500. He told me that the car was unrestored, although he admitted it has had some significant body work over the years due to rust problems, which were common in these cars. It is a work in progress, but most importantly he’s enjoying the car.
It must be a request condition to park a Skyliner with the roof partially retracted. All of these cars were nicely done restorations. I didn’t see any ’58s, just ’57 and ’59s, which were my preferred years.
This red and white ’57 was probably the nicest of the bunch. It was restored to a top-level and very well detailed throughout. I didn’t record the asking price, but I remember it was not cheap. No doubt this car is better built and detailed than anything Dearborn produced in 1957.
I didn’t see any 1960 Fords, but there were many 1961-64 Fords at the show. I often hear about how car shows don’t represent the actual cars of the day and this was certainly the case here. Many of these cars were FE Powered hi-po cars equipped with manual transmissions, and I am sure many didn’t originally leave the factory so equipped. I have never seen so many hi-po 4-speed full-size Fords in one place. It seemed the majority of these cars had some performance modifications, but for the most part were true to the era, being more “Day 2” than resto-mod. In small town Ontario Canada, most of our surviving cars from this era are much more pedestrian and as I realized, a better representation of the average cars made during this era.
This 1961 Fairlane was built to be a period correct Super Stock car. It is currently equipped tri-powered 390 engine, producing a 401 gross horsepower. It was all business, equipped with a T-10 4-speed transmission, radio delete, heater delete, rubber floors and traction master traction bars. There was no mention of what the original powertrain was, but likely something much more civilized. This was one of the feature cars in one of the on site buildings. Like most cars in these buildings, it was a top-notch restoration.
This ’64 wagon caught my eye immediately when I saw the straight six under the hood. This car was for sale over in the swap meet side of the show and was reasonably priced. The car appeared to be mostly original, with only some minor refurbishment. It wasn’t show perfect like some of the cars on the field, but was in good shape overall and would make a great hobby car. Wouldn’t this be a nice companion to Paul’s ’66 Ford pickup?
Like the early 1960’s cars, there was plenty of representation of the mid 1960’s cars. There was a wide selection of 1965-66 Fords, and they were not all high performance oriented 2-doors like the 1963-64 cars. I believe I saw one 1967 Ford (which I forgot to shoot) but I didn’t see any 1969-70 Fords.
This ’65 Ford Custom 500 police car was one of my favorites. I doubt that it was originally a police car (note the Galaxie 500 door panels), but whoever restored the car did an excellent job of making it period correct. There was no mention of what powered this big squad.
This ’66 7 Litre was a very nicely done restoration, and probably my favourite of the ’65-’66 Fords. I prefer the ’66 to the ’65 Fords, and if I were to ever get one, it’d be equipped just like this, a powerful and subtlety luxurious cruiser.
There were only a few 1970’s full-size Fords that I spotted, but that was no surprise since they don’t seem to have much of a following. The ones that were there were some of the nicer examples I have seen in recent history. Two of them were for sale, the white ’71 was in the for sale tent and the brown ’73 on the Swap Meet field.
The early “box” panthers were not overly well represented either. While the later generation Panther’s have a strong following, this generation does not see the same level of interest among enthusiasts. The two examples I did see were nice in their own respects.
This ’86 LTD Crown Victoria wagon was originally Texas car. The current owner resides in Ontario, Canada and drove it down to the show. The car was a nice solid original car and well cared for, clearly worked for much of its life.
This ’89 LTD Crown Victoria was one of the nicest I have seen in many years. Whoever owned this car took great pride in preserving it in almost like new condition.
I hope you enjoyed the trip through the time with the full-size Ford. Stay tuned for the next installment of photos from Carlisle.
Lotsa nice piccies. Thumbs ^Up^. → That ’89 Crown Vic was a very tidy specimen. I’d have been poring over that car for a while.
I wonder what the deal was with those wacko wheel covers on the green ’72?
Can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing with all the ‘Stangs there (i.e. paying only the barest of attention to them). Maybe there ought to be a bumper sticker: “I’m OD’d on Mustangs”.
Great bunch of pictures. The 1965 Ford Custom taillights have always fascinated me – a round light in a squarish hole. This was only for one year. Was this Ford’s way of transitioning our thinking away from the trademark round taillights?
I always called it a cheap mandatory restyling. Which is what it looked like to me.
Perhaps, but Ford went to the cost and trouble of tooling up two different taillights for the 1965 full-sizers.
I think it was deliberately done to make the higher trim models more appealing. I don’t know for sure but I’d bet the lens is the same as that used on older Ford’s or even the concurrent Falcon, and only the cheap pot metal surround to fill out the totally different shape was new.
Here’s where the nasty old curmudgeon in me comes out. Back in the day (I’m talking 45-50 years ago), resto-rods or modified cars would not be allowed on the field (they would have been directed to the hot rod show on the other side of town), mundane four door sedans with the common transmission (three in the tree or floor, two speed automatic) would have been the usual, and every car would have had steel wheels with whatever passed for the factory wheel covers.
And, in conversation, their owners would have bragged about the effort they took to get their car perfect to the factory order book. When they had to – a lot of the cars shown would have been original.
It floors me to see a Ford show where the flathead V-8 was almost entirely missing.
Rumblings of an old man on his second cup of coffee.
The black and white ’65, which says Galaxie 500 on the door panel, has had a tail light replacement as I believe only the low-line Custom and Custom 500 had the rounds lights in the square bezel thing. It looks like there is an engine callout on the front fender, likely a 352 if I had to guess.
Some of those wheel/tire combinations just don’t work, but to each his own. The wide whites on that ’76 LTD are barftastic.
That said, the wheel covers on the first ’68 and on the 7 Liter make me cringe – I nearly lost my left eye from one of those years ago.
Overall, it looks like a really great show – and the amount of Mustang coverage you’ve offered is ideal!
My guess is that the ’65 squad started out as a ’65 Galaxie 500 and was converted to a Custom 500. Note the exterior name tags are Custom 500 to match the tail lights. I figure finding Ford Custom interior parts would be pretty tough today, which is why it had still had the Galaxie interior parts.
That ’76 wheel and tire combo is not my taste either, but I do remember a lot of these cars and similar land yachts from the era being dressed up like this by their typically older owners. They usually were well cared for, and long after the daily drivers rusted away, you’d still see this well cared for old land yachts with their big wire wheels and white walls rolling around.
My turn to be curmudgeonly. Collectors of true police cars refer to these as clown cars. This means an inauthentic hodge-podge of trim parts, and emergency equipment of indeterminate vintage, installed on a car that never served as a cop car in the first place.
To be truly recognized by the cognoscenti, specimens must be in the exact original livery with exactly correct equipment. More on that here.
These guys are hard core. Me? I’d be happy with a true police package except painted as unmarked.
“the wheel covers on the first ’68 and on the 7 Liter make me cringe – I nearly lost my left eye from one of those years ago.”
This I gotta hear!
I am not quite as curmudgeonly as Syke this morning. But. I remember when performance variants and high option cars were something special and rare, which made them interesting. Now every full-sized FordChevyPlymothDodge you see from the 60s is 1) a 4 speed 2) with the highest power engine option available and 3) shod with wheels to make sure you don’t miss points 1 & 2.
Then someone remembered the 350 lightweight stripper drag racers of the early 60s so that now every low trim 2 door sedan gets the full 1 2 &3 treatment (to replace its six and 3 speed powertrain). Those have become almost as boring as red Mustangs. When every car is special, none of them are (to quoteThe Incredibles).
My favorite is that 2 tone green 56 Fairlane. Even when 56 Fords were well represented at shows, nobody ever restored them in 2 tone green (a combo that was probably pretty well represented in 1956).
And no Model As or pre 52 flatheads at a Ford event of this scale? I no longer recognize this world.
As someone who grew up in the AACA, and regards October Hershey as the ultimate car show (although I’m ashamed to admit it, I’ve never attended), and was a Pennsylvania resident for my first 48 years, Carlisle has always had more of a ‘street rod’ vibe to it, no matter what marque’s weekend it is.
To the point that I’m always mildly surprised to see restored-to-factory-original cars show up at a Carlisle weekend. And I think that really driven home by this show. As you said, no pre-WWII whatsoever, almost no flatheads. I get the feeling the organizers really put the skew on street rod and recent when organizing this one.
Yes, but this Carlisle event actually attracts lots of people under the age of 50. I know, because I work part-time selling tickets at the gate for Carlisle Productions, and also attend the shows. Carlisle Productions management would certainly be happy to have more pre-war Ford products on the field, but they aren’t going to discourage people from bringing modified cars or more recent Fords to the show.
Lots of the Fox-body Fords are modified, and the owners turn out heavily for this show. Those owners aren’t going to be shuffling off to the retirement home – or worse – within the next decade.
I was at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Hershey show this past weekend. The same cannot be said of AACA membership.
I wouldn’t say that the show was very “street rod” oriented. There were lots of cars restored to OEM spec, or at least to the best of the owner’s abilities/financial constraints. There were also a lot of really nice survivor cars. There were a lot of cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s that have some modifications, typically performance oriented, but this is kind of par for the course for cars from this era, even when they were new. So I really don’t have a big problem with it.
What I like about this show is that it is inclusive. Pretty much any Ford can come, stock, modified, high dollar or beaters. While I am sure some people turned their nose up at some cars, for the most part every car, I saw was getting looked at and enjoyed by a large crowd of people with a huge variety of tastes.
While I was hoping more pre 1950 Fords would have been present at the show, it’s the owners of those cars not showing up that’s the issue, not Carlisle keeping them out of the grounds. The only requirement to be in this show is that the car is built by Ford.
That said, I do what to go to Hershey one day as well. A friend of mine has been numerous times and raves about it, mid you he’s in his 70’s. A different crowd and different types of cars, but I can appreciate them all nonetheless.
I keep saying every year that I am going to make it to this and/or the Import/Kit Car Weekend but “family get-togethers” always pop up a few weeks before or after and it would necessitate making the trip from Florida to Pennsylvania at least 3 times in about 4 months.
I have returned to the Ford “fold”, as it were, after decades of Hondas, and looking at these pictures bring back memories of Fords in my extended family over the years….especially the 55-56s.
Indeed that unrestored 55 is a peach, but my vote goes to the 64 wagon with the six cylinder.
That would even be a slight performance upgrade for me 🙂
Too much Mustang. I’m off for my second cup of coffee now too…
Thank you for satisfying my Ford lust. I’ll take that blue ’64 or the 7-liter.
Ahhhhhh…….. FE blocks.
As some have already pointed out, this is why I’m not so keen on car shows anymore. Typically, the cars are over-restored, always top-line convertibles or 2-door hardtops, with plenty of extra stuff added (non-stock wheels, cont. kits, spotlights, skirts, creeping meatballism, etc., etc.) The hoods are up, visually spoiling the sleek lines. The omnipresent retractables always have the roof stuck open halfway.
These cars are not really “nostalgic” in the truest sense, because this is not the way we remember them. My favorite is actually the first ’55, base model, with the honest wear on it–appears to be original paint (including the rims) in a very ’50s robin’s egg blue. That’s a typical car of the period!
My less-than-perfect ’58 Custom 300 with a six (which performs just fine) probably wouldn’t get much respect over there. . .
Those “shorty Fords” from 1957-58 make for one of the most fascinating automotive stories of the 50s in my book. A Custom 300 like yours was about the most attractive thing in Ford showrooms that year.
Young PRNDL and his dad’s ‘57 Fairlane 500 beg to disagree! 😉
There is so much they got right on the styling of the 57 Fairlane. I just wish that they could have had some better ideas about the front end, which is really its only weak angle. I may have said so before, but I love the unusual color combo of the one your family had.
I am with you on mourning the loss of these. There is so much that is cool about them, and they are a great relief from the sea of Chevrolets and Cadillacs we see so many of from their era.
Not to mention all the late model cars which don’t interest me in the slightest. The car above that most sums up what I want to see is the six cylinder 64 Ford wagon. An honest to God car pretty much the way they were except for the rims and tires. I do appreciate the semi dirty nature on the inside of the hood. However, given my nature I would be sorely pressed to correct that aspect. Must take my medicine now…
First off your ’58 is a fantastic car. If it’d had been at the show, I’d been all over it. I disagree that your car wouldn’t get much respect at Carlisle though. There were lots of 4-door cars, and lots of the cars that many consider less desirable, but they all got some attention. The crowd and their interests seem to be as varied as the cars there. Did you see some of the cars I posted? An ’86 Crown Victoria Wagon, and ’76 LTD? Not exactly collector cars, but they got attention and were welcomed. Heck that ’64 Country Sedan wagon with the 6 cylinder was actually quite popular as a remember it being quite difficult to get a shot without a ton of people all over it.
The headlight covers on the mint green 65 are something that I’ve never seen on any other 65.
the weird thing is the cheaper lines – Custom, Custom 500 had the metal w/ round plastic taillights – which had to be more expensive than the higher line – Galaxie etc – full plastic ones.
It’s funny that all the red Mustangs were “banished to the kids table”. Even though I own a Mustang, I have to agree they’re too well represented, and when my Dad and I (he had one too) go to a show, we always look for the more interesting vehicles.
I am not as much of a curmudgeon with respect to resto-mods. While I agree putting 4.6L badges on a ’56 Ford is not cool, actually making an old car safe to enjoy in modern traffic is ok by me.
The ’73 LTD (besides the wheels and the color) is almost a dead ringer for my first car. Mine was “That 70’s Gold”, where this one is light brown. Looks to be a non-brougham 2-door hardtop like mine, with the same color interior. I had the vinyl seats, and the pictured car may be cloth, but I can’t tell for sure.
And as a ‘sort-of’ CC Effect: When I was doing recon for the Baltimore CC Meet-Up over the summer, I saw the exact same ’64 Ford Wagon (note the tag number) with the 6-cylinder, and found it to be my favorite car of the bunch that day, and it’s one of my favorites here in this post too, Vince. It was striking. At first, when I met Paul N for the first time a few weeks later, I misidentified this car as a “Country Squire” with a 6, but when I showed these pictures below to Paul, he corrected me and said it was a “Country Sedan” which I was able to make out by zooming in to the picture from my iPhone.
No surprise that this car was at both shows. Hunt Valley Maryland is only about an hour or so down I-83 from where you were in Carlisle. And despite living only about an hour and a half from Carlisle, I have never been to this show. Everyone I know tells me I should check it out. Maybe I can find a new seat for my Mustang there. ;o)
Here’s the aft 3/4 view…
It’s funny that all the red Mustangs were “banished to the kids table”. Even though I own a Mustang, I have to agree they’re too well represented, and when my Dad and I (he had one too) go to a show, we always look for the more interesting vehicles.
Ford shows invariably may as well be called Mustang shows, that’s what the majority of the cars are, all of the organizers have them, and all of the classes are skewed towards them. I hate to generalize further but there is a general attitude that if you bring a non Mustang Ford that’s later model(post 1979) they assume it’s your daily driver or your stepping stone to owning a Mustang.
Mind you, I’m not chasing car show trophies, I have none, I don’t want one, and don’t need the validation for a car I enjoy, so I don’t mean to sound bitter. I’ve entered a few Ford shows with my Cougar just to be there and in doing so automatically entered it to be judged. I knew from the moment I looked at the class card I was handed I had zero chance, they’re always like this:
-best red(etc) mustang
-best modified mustang 87-93(etc)
-best restored Mustang 1964-1/2-1965(etc)
-best special edition Mustang
-best mustang in show
-best stuffed animal in a Mustang
Then suddenly the form gets ridiculously broad
-best Ford’s 1949-1978
-best Ford’s 1979-present
“Best Stuffed Animal in a Mustang” – I just about fell off my chair laughing at that one Matt. ;o)
How about “Best REAL Animal in a Mustang”…
…I present my avatar picture (taken the very day of the Baltimore CC Meet-Up) of Molly (my Cairn Terrier) in HER Mustang. She was none too happy with me when I left that morning (without her) to meet Paul N and everyone. I had to pay penance when I got home and take her for a ride.
Haha Matt, that sad part is that it’s not that far from the truth in many cases. In this show there it was well categorized by model and years, so that other Fords’ weren’t neglected from proper awards. In fact my Dad and I got asked to help with the voting on the mid-60’s Mercury Comets. As you’ll see when I do some later posts, there was a healthy showing of Fords’ other than Mustangs, and even some later model stuff like your Cougar had pretty decent showings.
That is definitely the same car Rick! Cool CC effect on that one. I wonder if it was sold or if it’s the same owner as at Carlisle? That ’73 LTD was a nice car, very clean and well cared for. IIRC, it was a 400 powered car and had a great body and interior. I thought the Magnum 500’s looked not too bad too. In my eyes, it looks far better than the ’76 I also shot, even though they are essentially the same car. That ’76’s roof/window treatment just doesn’t work for me.
73 and 74 were the last true hardtops for the LTD. I’m real surprised the owner of the ‘73 didn’t have the back windows down to show of the fact it was a hardtop.
Mine had the 351-2V… it was NOT a fast car, but it sure ate up the miles on the highway with ease.
Not sure on the owner of the ‘64 either… I saw it in August, but don’t remember it being for sale, so maybe it was with the proud new owner then. I’ve got some other great shots of it as well, but need to figure out how to drop them at the Cohort.
Great reporting, Vince!
Young PRNDL laments that so few ‘57s were in attendance. Possibly due to their infamous lack of rust resistance?
“Possibly due to their infamous lack of rust resistance?”
Also possibly due to the lack of a small block Chevy V8. 🙂 Just think if a car could have had the engine and rust resistance of the Chevy, the transmission, suspension and styling of the Plymouth and the . . . . Not to be a smartass, but was there anything that Ford clearly did better than either Chevy or Plymouth? It certainly made Young PRNDL look good, if nothing else.
Back when I WAS good looking! 😉
sell more. No. 1 seller in ’57
The green ‘72 – other than the wheels, of course – is a ringer for my high school driver training car. Good memories. In general, I’m OK with resto mod under the hood and in the suspension and brakes, but slightly over-sized (like 225/70)l radials on steel rims is as far as it should go with the wheels and tires. And no modern badging or colors.
What kind of engine is in that ’64 Ford Country Sedan wagon? Is it the ‘200’ CID engine?
I also noted the wagon is for sale; when it finds a buyer I hope its new owner will be kind to it.
“What kind of engine is in that ’64 Ford Country Sedan wagon? Is it the ‘200’ CID engine?”
No, the 200 was the small six that descended from the 1960 Falcon 144. This is the bigger Ford 223 cid six that dated back to the early 50s and also saw service in trucks. This one was replaced by the next generation 240/300 beginning in 1965.
Great photos. I love the ’59s (not necessarily the Skyliners) and the ’62s. I had a Strombecker racing car set with a ’62 Ford and a ’62 Pontiac as the racing cars. I love to see photos reminiscent of those cars. Also I rode in the back of a ’59 to Nova Scotia as a kid, so great memories there. We crossed on a Ferry at Levis Quebec, and for some reason the car wouldn’t start so the boat crew had to push the car off the Ferry. I found that quite scary at the time.
Interesting comparison between the ’73 and the ’76 Fords in your photos. They appear mostly unchanged style-wise, except for minor updates to the grille. A new trend in those years by the Big Three to have kept the same design alive for a few years.
Thanks for the report & pics.
I had a good friend 17 yrs older than me, he turned 11 when the 1957 Ford debuted and loved the headlight treatment. My old hippie friend wasn’t a car guy, but he bought a first generation EXP because of it’s wacky headlights reminded him of a ‘57 Ford.
I love 1966 7 Litre, didn’t know it offered the T-Bird style passenger head rest. IMO the 1966 is the best looking full size standard Ford of all time + it was made in Brazil until 1983.
Nice write up Vince. You are 100% correct in that the Carlisle shows are huge but they are probably the best run in the country. The cleanliness and accessibility of the bathrooms alone could make it lay that claim.
I go to the Chrysler show every year and similarly, the late models, especially the new Challengers, have overtaken the classics in terms of numbers. Evolution, I guess. I’ll enter a car in the show not to be judged for an award but because its easier and cheaper to buy a spot on the showfield and have a centrally located meeting/resting area and a place to put all of my swap meet finds for the day rather than pay for a parking spot in town, pay for admission every day and then have to haul everything out the gate to a far away spot.
I hit up the all-make fall and spring swap meets every few years as well. The swap meets are still the best on the east coast.
As a Ford Guy (and son of career Ford employee), the photos and reportage are a treat–thanks much, VINCEC!
I’ve never been to anything but truly “local” shows, so nice to see what these are like.
Commenters above made me simpatico-smile many times: too much (recent) Mustang, too much high-option/power, etc. If I was gonna take one home, probably one of the ’53-54-55 cars, or that 6-cyl ’64 wagon; I hope the latter found another devoted owner.
BTW, I’m perhaps the last CC-er to learn this, but here’s why Ford switched to that separate little coolant tank in 1960:
And, in so doing, required thermostats to be mounted vertically between this tank and the engine block. Nothing like getting that mess aligned without a leak (ask me, I’ve succeeded at leaks and no leaks!).
Nice article. Some observations:
Even though I am a Mustang guy, I agree with Retro and some of you other guys that Mustangs seem to take over at Ford shows. I help our local dealer put a show for all Ford products each year and by far there are more Mustangs than anything. However, we also have a nice mix of ordinary and more glamorous vehicles. I really like looking at the unusual ones like Edsels, Torino Elites, Granadas, and all the Mercs and Lincolns.This year we even had a Pantera.
I didn’t know that you could get a 6 in a full size Ford in ’64. I thought the 289 in my Galaxie was the smallest. The wagon is the same color as my car which reminds me of what piece of crap that 4 year old car turned out to be.
I think the police car is a Galaxie that someone downgraded due to the interior. It does have Custom logos on the side and the right taillights for the stripper model.
I can never figure out why someone would curse a perfectly nice Skyliner with one of those ugly Continental Kits. Aren’t those cars long enough. I was a young kid in the ’50’s and was already a car nut. Those Kits were a rare sight. If you watch the car auctions on TV you would swear every second car had one along with cruiser skirts.
The blue and white ’55 is a dead ringer for my high school car.
I noticed the unrestored ’55 is starting to get the rust under the headlights that mine already had in 1965.
Just my thoughts.