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Wheels in the Grass

'63 Ford Fairlane 500, Ishua, N.Y.

If this were a real estate photo, the caption would say “Bring your decorating ideas.” But it’s a car; kind of looks like a full-sized model kit. “Bring your tube of glue,” reads the caption. This 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 was photographed a couple of years ago in a driveway in Ishua, a small berg in Cattaraugus County. I imagine there was an interesting story behind it, but no one was ever around to tell it. It disappeared a while later. The Fairlane 500 was the upper model in the line, above the base Fairlane. In the coming years it would become the Torino, followed by the LTD II. In 1963 the two-door sedan 500 had a list price of $2,242 and Ford produced 34,764 of them. You can view an unusual Dutch brochure here.

'63 Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe

'63 Fairlane 500

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Max

    Too bad; this F’lane 500 looks like it’s suffering from more than “benign neglect” and suspect that it’s a case of where the “sum is less than whole of its parts.”

  • Joseph Coppola

    REMEMBER THE AMT “3 IN 1 CAR” MODEL KITS? YOU HAD YOUR CHOICE OF BUILDING THE MODEL CAR EITHER “STOCK” OR ONE OF 2 “CUSTOM” VERSIONS. MY FAVORITE WAS THE ’49 FORD. I BOUGHT 3 MODEL KITS OF THE SAME ’49 FORD & BUILT ONE OF EACH VERSION. MY MOM THOUGHT IT WS “A WASTE OF YOUR MONEY” WRONG. IT WAS COOL.