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Wheels in the Grass

'54 Ford Crestline, Lewiston, N.Y.

It always amazes me how many different models and body styles used to be available back in the old days. When this 1954 Ford Crestline Fordor sedan was new, Ford offered three series (Mainline, Customline, and Crestline), and body styles consisting of Tudor and Fordor sedans, a business coupe, two-door hardtops (one with a half-glass roof) and convertible, and two- and -four-door station wagons. Compare that with today’s full-sized Ford Taurus four-door sedan, available in four trim levels and a paltry nine colors (five of which are boring-ish whites, grays, and silvers). The ’54s were offered in 10 different colors (only one gray and one white), many of which were also offered in two-tone combinations. This two-tone green example, parked in a Lewiston driveway, had a starting list price of $1,898 and just under 100,000 were produced.

Crestline Fordor

Mainline Business Coupe




Country Squire

—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Joseph Coppola

    I like to have a business coupe now. Love those Fords.

  • Max

    ’54 was 1st year for the overhead V-8, after Ford’s 21-year run with the beloved Flathead V-8. I know the flatheads had their troubles – overheating, oil consumption, etc. – but I’ve always had a soft spot for that engine, especially the way it sounded at idle. Music to my ears!