1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL – Today’s American Muscle Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL

This one looks tidy

The Ford Fairlane is a large-size range of family oriented cars that was built between 1955 and 1970.

Spanning seven generations in total, the Fairlane was built in Edison, New Jersey, Claycomo, Missouri, and Milpitas, California.

Introduced in 1966, the fifth generation of the Ford Fairlane replaced the outgoing fourth gen vehicle, and brought with it changes such as a redesigned front grille and headlight configuration.

The fifth gen also saw the introduction of the XL, GT and GTA packages, which were differing levels of trim spec and engine spec.

Body styles for the fifth generation Fairlane comprised a two-door coupe, two-door convertible, four-door sedan and a four-door wagon.

Customers could choose from a range of different donks that included a 3.3lt inline six-cylinder and a 4.7lt, 4.9lt, 6.4lt and a 7.0lt V8.

The shove from these donks was sent to the rear wheels via either a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed ‘Cruise-O-Matic’ automatic transmission.

This particular Fairlane is a fifth generation ’66 model with the 6.4lt V8 and four-speed ‘Top-Loader’ manual ‘box.

According to the seller, the vehicle has been completely restored in America and is in good condition both inside and out.

The Fairlane is $42,000 and anyone interested in this classic American muscle car can view the full listing here.  

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