CC At Night: 1964 Ford Fairlane 500–The Once Commonplace Becomes Exotic

When a genuine Curbside Classic appears, I think it’s important to document it even if conditions are not ideal.  You may never see it again, so this may be your only chance to shoot it.   Sort of like hunting any sort of wild game.  And I don’t “poach” at car shows–that’s like hunting elephants at the zoo.   So when I happened to pass by this 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 4-door sedan parked one block away from me on William Street, I had to whip out my weapon and act fast, as the remaining daylight was rapidly disappearing.

There it was, gleaming, mint condition–totally out of place in the year 2022.  Parallel parked on the street just like any typical modern car.  What’s the story behind this odd survivor?  Standing next to it, it seemed to create the feeling that it was circa 1968 again this evening–as if I had walked through an inter-dimensional portal.

Lots of little 1950s style details on this car:  the “Thunderbird” (or “Galaxie”) roofline with its wide FORD crown emblem;  the forward-leaning “air intakes” on the rear door;  the clean, straight horizontal lines.  However, 1963’s fins (which looked like 1957’s fins) have been smoothed away.

Don’t you just love this rear end styling?  It’s simple but not dull.  The big round taillights are still saying “Space Age”, resembling rocket afterburners.  And I really like this emerald green color!  If I have my ’60 Dodge Dart professionally repainted, this is the color I’m going to pick!

“God Bless America”.  Yup.  And all the beautiful things she has created!  “Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from above.”

So that’s what I saw this evening, June 8th, 2022 at approximately 8:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time in Boonton, New Jersey.  I thought this was worth sharing with you.  Too dark for interior shots, but hey, you take what you can get, when you can get it.  After all, how many 1964 Ford Fairlane 4-door sedans have you seen on the street lately?