Ford Crestline Victoria Hardtop

The 1954-model year was immensely successful for Ford, as it debuted a host of new technological and styling advances – exactly what the typical American family needed in the postwar age. With the slogan "More than ever, the standard for the American road," Ford set out to become the undisputed leader in the low-priced, entry-level market.

The biggest headline for 1954 was the introduction of the all-new, overhead-valve “Y-block” V8 engine. With 239-cubic inches of displacement and a 7.8:1 compression ratio, this newly developed engine had a horsepower rating that was nearly 25 percent higher than that of the old flathead, with plenty of potential for future development. The new V8 was particularly important to Ford’s ongoing success and helped the company stay ahead of archrival Chevrolet, with nearly 75 percent of Ford automobiles so equipped for 1954.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

130 bhp, 239-cu. in. overhead-valve V8 engine, two-barrel carburetor, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay

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