History of the 1962-1965 Ford Fairlane
Ford transferred the Fairlane nameplate to its new "senior compact” line for 1962. The downsized Fairlane was 11.7" shorter than regular Fords, but 16.5" longer than the Falcon. A Ford six or new 221-cid OHV V8 powered the new cars. The mid-year Fairlane 500 (pillared) Sport Coupe came with buckets and console. A 260-cid V8 and four-speed manual transmission were optional. For 1963, the nicely restyled Fairlane Sport Coupe became a true hardtop. New Fairlane wagons included a faux-wood paneled Squire. Late in 1963, Ford introduced its hot 271-hp 289 V8 in Fairlane. Substantially upgraded styling kept 1964 Fairlanes competitive with Chevy's new Chevelle—and a Ford 427-cid V8 made that year's limited run of Fairlane-based Thunderbolt drag cars more than competitive.
A new Fairlane look appeared for 1965, as the car shared heavily sculpted sheetmetal with that year's Mercury Comet. Rectangular tail lamps replaced formerly round units. The pleasingly styled 1962-65 Fairlane 500s are scarce, but generally quite affordable today—Thunderbolts excluded! An authentic Hi-Po V8/4-speed Fairlane can be a super Ford bargain.