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The Incredible Ford Fairlane

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The Incredible Ford Fairlane

William Jason
January 16, 2011

William Jason

Muscle cars are a true American classic that are revered by thousands of people, including old and young alike because of both their power and their ultimate beauty. They have an undeniable appeal that goes beyond whatever trends there might be when it comes to vehicle design. These cars are as wicked as they look and are fully capable of racing through open roads at speeds like no other. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the 1964 Ford Fairlane and the changes it went through since its initial release.

The Fairlane underwent a makeover in 1964 and had its tail fins removed. The interiors were given full carpeting; turn signals were synced with the steering wheel so that it automatically turned itself off after you made the turn. But of course, a makeover isn't just a matter of making the exteriors look sleek. Other improvements were done in order to make the vehicle ready for the road. The suspension was upgraded in order to provide better ride-quality. However, all of that became minor details when the Thunderbolt entered the picture. It became one of the fastest ever manufactured by a car company.

Ford had this brilliant idea of installing a heavily modified 427 cubic inch engine that had two four-barrel carburetors, which were then mounted onto a high-riser manifold into the lightweight 1964 Ford Fairlane. Just when you thought things couldn't get better than that, Ford decided to push forward with even more modifications to the Fairlane. Think fiberglass hoods, fenders and front bumpers amongst others that only served to make the vehicle reach a level of coolness that made it a real stand out.

But how well did it perform? After all, muscle cars aren't all about image. It's got to be a truly hard-core drive as well. Fortunately, the Fairlane didn't disappoint. In fact, Gas Ronda was able to dominate the competition during the NHRA's 1964 World Championship by riding his Thunderbolt and completing the quarter mine in a record time of 11.6 seconds at 124 miles per hour. Keep in mind that these drag races were extremely popular back then.

The 1964 Ford Fairlane faded from view and being on Ford's performance spotlight just as the Mustang took over. It did not completely fade into the background, however, as it did experience a revival in 1996 and 67. Today, it is one of the most popular muscle cars amongst enthusiasts.

William Jason has admired classic cars ever since he was a young child and you can read his blog at: http://musclecarmonster.com/

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