Motoring classics like this fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner are always a visual treat and a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. We spied this exquisite Raven Black and Sunset Coral example while at the 2012 MCACN show. Ken Nagel, of Plano, Illinois, owns the Ford, which was one of 58,147 built in 1956. This particular cruiser was put together in November of 1955 at Ford’s assembly plant in Dallas, Texas. It was delivered to a dealer in Glencoe, Oklahoma and from there went to a proud new owner in Stanton, Nebraska. Ken was able to purchase the Sunliner from that same owner decades later in 2010 and shortly thereafter began a complete restoration. A year and a half later and the gorgeous drop-top was returned to like-new condition.
When it rolled out of the factory, the car came equipped with a 312ci ‘Thunderbird’ V8 engine, mated to a column mounted three-speed with overdrive transmission. A Holley four-barrel carburetor feeds the powerplant, which is rated at 225 horsepower. Dual exhausts, exiting through the chrome rear bumper, dump spent fumes out to the ozone.
Base price rang up at $2,459.00 although Ken’s dazzling machine was ordered with some options. The drop top was factory equipped with such treats as air conditioning, power steering, padded dash and visors, power seats and classy wide white wall tires. Dual chrome spotlights, with integrated rearview mirrors, and a continental kit add additional flair to the exterior.
The total package had all the right elements to turn more than a few heads while parked at the show.
Check out the photo gallery below for more images of this chromed Ford cruiser.
Back Then: Join the squad of servicemen who are ‘standing on the corner, watching all the (1956) Fords go by’. A Fairlane convertible like Ken’s even pulls up and shows off its fine lines.
If you want to know more about Ken’s classic Ford, check out his website.