Ford Fairlane E-Code Victoria Coupe

During the early 1950s, while the Ford models certainly sold well and provided strong value, styling was quite conservative, and the Flathead V-8 reached its development peak. Clearly, a dose of innovation was in order. Following introduction of the all-new “Y-Block” V-8 engine for 1954, the 1955 Ford models were completely redesigned with longer, lower and wider bodies, two-tone finishes, distinctive brightwork and striking interiors. Along with a mild restyle for 1956, other changes included Ford’s new “Lifeguard Design” safety features, which comprised dished steering wheels, improved door latches and breakaway rear-view mirrors, while a padded dash and seat belts remained optional.

As expected, the top-line Fairlane series was very successful, and with it, Ford consolidated its market position during the challenging 1956 model year. Horsepower was a major sales driver as well, and in response to Chevrolet’s widening “small-block” high-performance engine choices, Ford expanded its V-8 lineup for 1956 with the 300 bhp, competition-oriented “F-Code” 312 V-8 with a McCulloch supercharger and the naturally-aspirated 270 bhp “E-Code” version with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

270 bhp, 312 cu. in. OHV “E-Code” V-8 engine with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"

Source: RM Auctions

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