Ford Mainline Sedan

Ford Motor Company became a publicly owned company on February 24, 1956. Immediately, the company gained about 350,000 additional stockholders. It was Henry Ford II’s vision to expand the company, which he did successfully throughout the remainder of the 1950s and 1960s. Ford manufactured in excess of 1.4 million units for the model year but was beaten by archrival Chevrolet with 1.56 million sales to take first place among U.S. automakers.

The ’56 was a re-issue of the previous year’s body with an updated grille and trim, but an all-new interior was fitted. Safety took on importance with auto manufacturers, and Ford responded with a padded dash, sun visor and a newly-shaped steering wheel: all designed to lessen injuries in the event of an accident. Seat belts were offered for the first time. A 12-volt electrical system and 18 mm anti-fouling spark plugs were also announced.

The big Ford was available in three levels of trim, the base Mainline models, the intermediate-level Customline and the top-of-the-line Fairlane. All models came with standard six-cylinder and optional V-8 power. Motor Trend named the entire Ford line its “Car of the Year” for 1956.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

137 hp, 223 cu. in. “Mileage Maker” six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal

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