1956 Ford Mainline ute – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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A classic locally-designed ute may offer more value than the usual Commodore/Falcon

While the Ford Mainline in the USA represented the brand’s basic line of vehicles for the 50s, the local Blue Oval here in Oz began applying the name to a locally-developed ute in 1952.

The Mainline was introduced as a basic-trimmed addition to their existing Customline utility, another locally-designed and assembled model developed from the four-door Customline sedan.


The cars were initially powered by Australian-made Ford side0valve V8s before the 1955 update brought with it the new overhead-valve ford Y-block V8 which had debuted in the USA a year prior.

1956 and 1957 updates also brought along with it; new trim, 12-volt electrics and an optional automatic transmission whilst retaining the same 1955 body.


This 1956 Mainline utility presents fitted with a 289ci Windsor V8 matched to a four-speed C4 automatic.

The classic locally-made ute comes from long-term family ownership with the seller having cared for the old Ford for five years, while their grandfather owned the vehicle for 40 years prior.

The paint is said to be in good condition with a few minor blemishes, while chrome work all round is deemed as great.


The three-bench seat interior is fitted with lap belts and 2 child restraint anchor points. A kill switch has been added for security while the vehicle is finished off by XY five-slot wheels, new tyres, tonneau cover and tow bar.

The car looks to be in great condition throughout with some wear observed on the steering wheel and one scratch observed to the passenger side door in photos. With only a few areas seemingly to attend to, the Mainline looks like a well-sorted package for anyone after a classic ute.

You can find this one in New South Wales, listed for $30,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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