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Named for Henry Ford’s estate in Dearborn, the Fairlane saw seven different generations in its 15-year run (engineers clearly loved redesigning the Fairlane). These many changes helped lead to the development of some other popular Blue Oval vehicles, like the Crown Victoria, the Galaxie and the Ford Five Hundred. This flashy, stylish full-size car launched in 1955 and was originally available as a hardtop, convertible and the unique “Skyliner,” which had a transparent plastic roof. All versions came with a distinctive stainless steel “stripe” down the side. By 1957, the immediate popularity of the Fairlane helped push Ford ahead of Chevy for the first time in decades (despite the success of Chevrolet’s iconic 1957 Bel Air); the impressive power-retractable hardtop that folded into the trunk at the push of a button certainly helped sell the space-age convertible, and by 1959 Ford spun the Galaxie into its own full-size model that quickly overtook the Fairlane in popularity. The ’60s saw the now-midsize Fairlane increasingly be used as a fleet vehicle, though the horsepower wars helped make a 390-cid V8 optional on the car. A new unibody frame and four torque boxes helped smooth out the ride considerably, especially when equipped with that high-powered engine. In the mid-’60s as the muscle car wars raged (prompted by the introduction of the Mustang), the Fairlane went back to full-size status and by the end of its run, was a much sleeker, curvier, more aerodynamic (yet bigger) car with a fastback SportsRoof option. The Fairlane morphed into the Torino after its final year in 1970. It wasn’t entirely over for the Fairlane; the name carried on outside the States and was briefly revived as a crossover utility concept car in 2005; you can still see it on the streets today in the form of the renamed Ford Flex.