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1955 Ford sales shattered its postwar record of 1953 by building nearly 1.5 million automobiles. However, 1955 Chevrolet production of 1.7 million was better than Ford by 200,000 units.

A slight facelift graced the 1956 Fords. Most of the changes were on the wider front grille grate and the wrap around chrome parking light fixtures. Ford engineers conducted extensive factory crash testing in 1955 that resulted in a safer 1956 Ford.

New safety features included padded dash, padded sun visors, crash proof door locks, break away rearview mirrors, seat belts and a dished steering wheel Ford called "Lifeguard" Designs. Ford's '56 line featured two new body styles, a Custom Victoria and the Fairlane Town Victoria. The Fairlane Town Victoria was Ford's first four door hardtop.

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1956 Ford Fairane Sunliner Convertible

The 1956 Fairane Sunliner Convertible was not the costliest Fords at $2,359.00. The Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner hardtop Coupe was with its tinted Plexiglas roof panel was at $2,407.00. Sunliner production was 58,147 units and Skyliner production was a modest 603 units. The Skyliner was a novel idea but its high cost and high interior temperature limited sales.

1956 Ford Crown Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

The 1956 model year continued with the trendy Crown Victoria. Crown Victoria cost $2337.00 and 9,209 were produced. A longer and lower roofline can be seen for all Victoria's including the new four door 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria Town Sedan shown below.

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria Hardtop

The 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria Town Sedan four door hardtop $2093.00 and 224,872 were produced. Advertising claims it was the "Newest of the Failane beauties!" The Town Sedan could be equipped with largest engine Ford offered in 1956, a 312 cubic inch 215 horsepower V8 with automatic transmission.

1956 Ford Customline Victoria Hardtop
1956 Ford Customline Victoria Hardtop

While new side trim spiced up the appearance of Ford's Customline and Mainline automobiles the big news was the 1956 Ford Customline Victoria Hardtop. At $1,985.00 the Customline Victoria cost only $265.00 less than the Fairlane Victoria and $350.00 less than the Crown Vic. Customline Victoria 2 door hardtop production was set at 33,150. Other Customline production included a 2 door sedan and a 4 door sedan.

1956 Ford Mainline Sedans
1956 Ford Mainline Sedans

1956 Ford Mainline production included a $1,850.00 2 door sedan, $1,895.00 4 door sedan and a $1,748.00 Business Coupe. They were usually equipped with a 223 cubic inch 137 horsepower 6 cylinder engine.

The 1956 Ford Station Wagon line up consisted of a 2 door 6 passenger Ranch Wagon, 2 door 6 passenger Customline Ranch Wagon, 2 door Parklane Wagon, 4 door 6 passenger Country Sedan Wagon, 4 door 8 passenger Country Sedan Wagon, 4 door 8 passenger Country Squire. The 1957 Ford Custom, Custom 300, Fairlane and Fairlane 500 cars and trucks followed the 1956 Fords.

1956 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon
1956 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

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