Thursday, October 31, 2019
Danville Street Sighting - 1969 Ford Fairlane 500
Fairlanes could be had with a choice of several engines and three transmissions, ranging from a 200ci straight six and three-speed stick for your bargain-basement fleet special salesman's sedan, to a 289 or 302 V8 with three-speed Cruise-O-Matic for mom's grocery getter station wagon, to a 390 V8 out of the Thunderbird with a four-speed manual for your Torino GT Sportsroof. For 1969, the range was changed to a bigger 250 six, optional 302 or 351 V8, and one could even specify a 428 Cobra Jet or Super Cobra Jet big block for the hairiest Torino on the block.
Oddly, it was described as a 1968 model on paper but the rear end is completely the 1969 style and includes 1969 Torino trim pieces underneath the taillight panel. The grille appears to be a 1969 Torino GT item, minus the GT badge, and I'm not entirely sure what the hood scoop came from but a Torino GT or Mustang Mach 1 part seems likely. Note the Torino badge on the trunk, but no Fairlane badges anywhere on the car and also no round Torino-specific medallion on the C-pillar. This car could be a Fairlane 500 with the factory Torino trim package or it could be a mix 'n match custom build. It's interesting to me that they used a notchback or "formal" roof car instead of the fastback style I most commonly see on Torinos of this generation.
1972 Mustang Mach 1 I featured as part of last year's Christmas countdown. Unfortunately the quick photo shoot shows significant haze due to smoke from the Camp Fire up north that destroyed much of the town of Paradise. As I write this, the skies are again smoky from time to time due to wildfires around northern California. I am hopeful that this Fairlane went on to a good home; but more importantly hopeful for the safety of those at risk of this latest wave of fires around the state, and the brave first responders and emergency services who work to keep us all safe.
For the rest of my readers whose biggest worry this Halloween is running out of candy for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, stay safe too.