1955 was a great year to be shopping for your first new car. Chevy finally had a V-8, and their new styling looked as cool as Kim Novak in a swimsuit. Plymouth was hotter than ever, strutting the first year of Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” styling and boasting a V-8 of its own. Ford, whose overhead-valve V-8 was now in its second year, sported many advanced styling themes, with a deliberately strong association to the exciting new Thunderbird. The top of the line Ford Crown Victoria, new for 1955 and sporting a new wrap-around windshield, tubeless tires, disc wheel covers and tons of new options, was one of the icons of the “2 tone paint and chrome” era, sporting a unique chrome-pillar roofline, and in the case of the car presented here, the factory correct two-tone turquoise and white color scheme both inside and out.
This Ford Crown Victoria was a solid, no rust Texas car when it received a ground up restoration in 2001. New paint, chrome, and a great two-tone interior remain in outstanding condition, and beautiful wire wheels round out the spectacular presentation of this fine vehicle. The paint retains a fine lustre, and the trademark “bright metal roof transverse molding”, along with the distinctive side spear, showcase the impressive level of attention to detail this car received during restoration. With a huge new panoramic windshield and that distinctive roofline, Ford designers had succeeded in setting the car apart in the crowded luxury car field, and established the Crown Victoria as the very top offering from Dearborn.
The example pictured here retains it’s complete and correct drivetrain, and was meticulously restored to original stock condition. It is nicely equipped with the 272 ci Y-block V8, Ford-o-matic automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and everything is very tidy and correct under the hood.
The Ford Crown Victoria’s were lower and longer than any fixed roof cars that Ford had ever produced, and certainly one of the most attractive and rare post-war Fords. The quality is evident inside and out, and exclusivity is assured, since these rare Crown Vics were only produced in 1955 and 1956.