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Old 12-24-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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I have pictures of 2 distinct 1958 Ford Fairlanes in my Brochure collection with variation in the side trim. One is of the regular issue Ford Fairlane, which was the more economical model in the Fairlane range for 1958. The second set of illustrations shows an added "insert" on the front fenders extending into the doors. Was this addition to boost sales? I know that the more expensive Fairlane 500 are frequently seen, but the plain Fairlanes seem to be fairly thin on the ground. So, how many of these Fairlanes with the updated side trim are still around, as I have never even seen one in a picture, let alone in real life?
Are Ford Barners aware of these variations in the side trim on these cars?
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:18 PM   #2
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No "true" 1958 Fords were ever sold in Australia, so any that are here have been fully imported. Most people import the upmarket Fairlane 500, however, here is a nice Fairlane Club Victoria that has found its way to Australia. They are very nice looking cars, but seem to be overlooked by a lot of enthusiasts.
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Love them '58's !!
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:50 PM   #4
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For the benefit of Ford Freak, I am attaching some photos of an unrestored 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria that now lives in Australia.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:57 PM   #5
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Here are some pictures of a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner Convertible that now reside in Australia.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:59 PM   #6
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Want more? Here are some pictures of a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner that has also found its way to Australia.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:07 PM   #7
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Here is a neat 1958 Ford Custom Tudor Sedan with the optional "Glamorous Trim Panel" of Ribbed Anodized Aluminium. The standard models only got a single chrome strip. This car was photographed at Lake Tahoe last year.
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This is the Page in the new car Sales Brochure that lists the Options available on the 1958 Ford Customs including the "Glamorous Trim Panel" of Ribbed Anodized Aluminium.
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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Thanks Mercman , great pics ! I also like 1960's too. I have heard many a staunch Ford guy say that 58's & 60's are they're least favorite years , but they are two of my favorites ! They are two years ( among many ) still on my bucket list . I previously owned & enjoyed a '57 Fairlane 500 for many years , but always wanted a '58 ! - Bernie
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I don't know how many were ever made but I have seen an original one with the additional factory trim at one of the shows in North Alabama, I think it was at Gadsden. I asked the owner about it since I had never seen one trimmed that way either. He told me it was a special version made for just part of the year. He might have called it a spring model, I don't remember. I liked it, it was different from all the Fairlane 500s you see around.
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #11
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Rock salt on the roads played havoc with the '58 I had in '65. It was a 4dr, 6cyl, 3spd.
Above the headlights and the rockers were almost gone even then. It was affectionately called the "Crusty8". This was in Eastern Ohio around Youngstown.
I admire those who get them back in pristine shape.
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Rock salt on the roads played havoc with the '58 I had in '65. It was a 4dr, 6cyl, 3spd.
Above the headlights and the rockers were almost gone even then. It was affectionately called the "Crusty8". This was in Eastern Ohio around Youngstown.
I admire those who get them back in pristine shape.
The salt ate up the '57s in the same areas , too !!
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:08 AM   #13
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You guys in the USA don't realise how well off you are when it comes to cars & the variety that was available. As mentioned earlier, Ford Australia decided not to release the true 57 or 58 Fords, but offered a restyle on the 55/56 Fords for both years. The following pictures are of Australian 1958 Fords. The ones with the additional narrow chrome strip starting on the front door & extending to the rear with the added third colour were called Fordomatics, & naturally came with an Automatic Transmission. For those that wanted a stick shift, they could choose the cheaper Customline, which lacks the extra rear trim. The White & Maroon car is such a car. While you see the occasional 1958 Fordomatic at car shows, the Customline with the 3 speed manual is hardly ever seen & are extremely rare, as by 1958, nearly all buyers opted for an automatic transmission. The styling of these cars is a mix of 1955 & 1956 Canadian Meteors. The Grilles came from the 55 Meteor, while the side & rear trim came from the 1956 Meteor. Now you can appreciate why Australians go shopping in the USA for the true 1958 models. I hope that Ford Barners enjoy this little bit of Australian History.
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I have enjoyed it . ^^^^ Thanks !! - Bernie
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:43 AM   #15
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the 58 ford is a rare car today.just look in hemmings or anywhere and see how few their are.i owned a fairlane 500 4dr h.t. and a custom away back.always liked them.
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Very enjoyable and educational.

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Old 12-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #17
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As mentioned in my previous Post, the range of new cars that Ford Australia offered was restricted to 2 sedans, the manual transmission Customline & the automatic transmission sedan that was called a Fordomatic. If you didn't want a sedan, you could have settled for a Ute. These pictures are of the 1958 Ford Ute, which was called a Mainline. Unfortunately, the front styling didn't extend into the rear part, as these Utes were made for working, not to be glamorous.
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The owner of this 1958 Ford Mainline Ute has tried to make his ute more glamorous by adding extra side trim & a rear mounted spare wheel. Also, he Taillights are not original.
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Just found these pictures of 1958 Ford Fairlanes with the updated Side Trim on the Internet. Not many showed up, so they must be extremely rare. In addition to the extra "flash" on the front fenders extending into the doors, they also seem to have added "port holes" on the rear fenders, where the earlier models had the Fairlane Script. All very interesting.
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Does anyone have the updated Factory 1958 Ford Fairlane/Fairlane 500 Sales Brochure showing these revised models that they could scan for me & send to my personal email address? I got these pictures from the Sales Brochure for the 1958 Custom/Custom 300 models & it is dated Rev. 3-58. (See attached pictures) On the last page, there are small pictures of the various models in the Fairlane Range. I have a Fairlane/Fairlane 500 Brochure, but it is an early revision & does not show these new changes for Spring. I presume that it would have to be dated 3-58? Can anyone help me?
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A couple of observations :

The rear "portholes" or whatever you want to call them look similar to the ones on the rear of the '62 T-Bird . Personally , I like 'em !

The pic of the bronze & white hardtop above looks like it is missing the piece of special trim that goes past the door , into the quarter panel .
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Hi Ford Freak, I picked up on the missing piece on the rear quarter on the Tudor Sedan, but as these cars seem to be so rare, I thought that I would add this picture. Maybe, the Owner is still trying to locate this missing piece?Regarding the Port Holes, they seem to be more oblong than round, but do look good. They are on all the updated "Spring" model 58 Fairlanes.
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Hey mercman ! If the owner is still trying to locate that missing piece , I wish him luck ! He's going to need it ....
Thanks for posting all the pics !
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I just got here!
The VIN on my 58 translates out to a Town Victoria, that originally had dual quads....I really wish those were left on it! The side scallop trim throws a lot of people off, the scallop trim with the insert seems to have been on the Canadian models, and the Ford Meteor. Mine never had the center insert, and I also had the three pseudo air scoops on the rear fenders. The horizontal spear on the side was the usual trim. There were 14 different models available in 58, and this was also a time that you could order a factory custom car. I think mine was someone's custom order as it has a mix of features from different models, but who's to say what was added after market during the last 57 years. I'm going from memory here, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
This period was the beginning of the jet age, and you can see the styling in the cars of that era.
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Fidget, When I originally added these Photos, I didn't know how to make them large, now I do. The photo of the top 4 cars from the "base" Fairlane Series is from the original Sales Brochure that was printed in late 1957 illustrating the cars available for the 1958 models year. Some months after the release of the 1958 Fords, Ford Motor Company decided to add additional Chrome Trim on the sides, as illustrated in the Revised Sales Brochure for the "base" 1958 Ford Fairlanes. There does not appear to be any changes in Trim on the Fairlane 500 models, just the "base" Fairlane Series. It includes the three "rectangular" Trim Pieces on the rear quarters, as is evident in these illustrations.
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Here are some enlarged pictures of the "Spring" model 1958 Ford Fairlane. As you can see, the car at the bottom is missing the Trim Pieces from the rear quarters. These Fairlanes with the "update" Trim seem to be scarce. Then again, you don't see many 58 Fairlanes with the original side trim these days either, which is a pity.
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Personally, I like the Mainline Ute.
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Personally, I like the Mainline Ute.
I like 'em also.
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It's nice some out there appreciate the '58. I have a '58 F100, but the car is another story. I always thought the '60 was the ugliest Ford ever and the '58 was a close second. It's like they regressed from the '57 but at least regained some ground with the '59 IMHO. I don't know what happened in '60 !

Favorite or not, I sure have enjoyed the pictures and a little Ford Australia trivia!
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If I paid more attention to the computer, I'd respond faster than once every few weeks.
The side trim is rare to find here in the states. The insert seems to be even rarer. Mine never had the insert. I've been inside the doors, and there are no holes for mounting the pieces. Every Canadian model I've found with this trim seems to have come with the inserts. I've been trying to piece together another 'just in case' set of trim for years. I've only been able to find a couple pieces. Just a thought, is your brochure printed for the Australian models?


Fidget, When I originally added these Photos, I didn't know how to make them large, now I do. The photo of the top 4 cars from the "base" Fairlane Series is from the original Sales Brochure that was printed in late 1957 illustrating the cars available for the 1958 models year. Some months after the release of the 1958 Fords, Ford Motor Company decided to add additional Chrome Trim on the sides, as illustrated in the Revised Sales Brochure for the "base" 1958 Ford Fairlanes. There does not appear to be any changes in Trim on the Fairlane 500 models, just the "base" Fairlane Series. It includes the three "rectangular" Trim Pieces on the rear quarters, as is evident in these illustrations.[/QUOTE]
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Here is an enlarged picture of the Spring Model of the 1958 Ford Fairlane.
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Just like in the USA, where Ford offered the 1958 Fords in Fairlane and Fairlane 500 models, as well as the Custom 300 series, it appears that in Canada, the Meteor Rideau was also available in Rideau and Rideau 500 models. These photos show the more economical Rideau series which has similar side trim the the 1958 USA Ford Fairlane. Note that there is no rectangular trim on the rear quarters of either of these cars. Was there a Spring model available in this Series?
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The top 2 pictures show the Meteor Rideau 500, both 2 door hardtop models. Once again, like the 58 USA Fairlanes, the Side Trim is very similar, if not exactly the same as the 58 USA Fairlane 500's. The Blue and White Hardtop doesn't have the Rectangular side trim on the rear quarters, while the Gold and White one does. Is the second car a Spring model?
The last photo shows a closeup of the Grille that is in these 1958 Meteors.
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mercman, I am not a 58 expert but have been in the parts business for a number of years and have found that moulding in the center to be an accessory. I have one in the original box with a part number of B8A-6420000-B. It came with the gold anodized and the stainless surround for the gold and also the 6 portholes in the box with all the clips. It also came with the gunsight fender ornaments in the box but those were always robbed out to sell separately. I have seen a few of those but very few installed on a car. Hope this helps, Dale.
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A friend just sent me these pictures of a Ford Fairlane with the added trim in the sides and called a Springtime Special.
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Sales Brochure showing the 1958 Ford Fairlane "Spring" Models. They were only available in these four body styles. You don't see many of these cars these days. Even the original "plain" Fairlanes prior to the Spring Models are seldom scene.
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Another 1958 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan "Spring" model. This one wearing 1957 Ford Hubcaps
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Remains of a Spring model 1958 Ford Fairlane.
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You guys in the USA don't realise how well off you are when it comes to cars & the variety that was available. As mentioned earlier, Ford Australia decided not to release the true 57 or 58 Fords, but offered a restyle on the 55/56 Fords for both years. The following pictures are of Australian 1958 Fords. The ones with the additional narrow chrome strip starting on the front door & extending to the rear with the added third colour were called Fordomatics, & naturally came with an Automatic Transmission. For those that wanted a stick shift, they could choose the cheaper Customline, which lacks the extra rear trim. The White & Maroon car is such a car. While you see the occasional 1958 Fordomatic at car shows, the Customline with the 3 speed manual is hardly ever seen & are extremely rare, as by 1958, nearly all buyers opted for an automatic transmission. The styling of these cars is a mix of 1955 & 1956 Canadian Meteors. The Grilles came from the 55 Meteor, while the side & rear trim came from the 1956 Meteor. Now you can appreciate why Australians go shopping in the USA for the true 1958 models. I hope that Ford Barners enjoy this little bit of Australian History.
The piece of chrome below the tail lamps, is that Australian. Looks like it could have been a color break line if the cars were painted the top color down to the bumper. Never noticed them before today. Didn't find any pics of rear of meteors. On the 58's.

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5851a, As mentioned in an earlier Post, Australia never got the true 1958 Fords. We missed out on the 1957 and 1958 models but got back into step with the 1959 models. The 1959 model was the last "big" Ford available here until the 1964 Galaxie. From 1962-1964, Ford Australia offered the Compact Fairlane before adding the 1964 Galaxie. We then got the Galaxie from 1964-1968, then it was replaced by the LTD from 1969-1972, then there were no more big USA Fords after 1972.
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Have any of these "revised" 1958 Ford Fairlanes survived? Notice the extra trim in the front scallop area. They were introduced partway through the model year to try and entice prospective new customers.
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Can you blow-up the right section of this ad?

The changeover date for the 'SPRING SPECIAL' was 03 MAR 1958 and it was cataloged.

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I like the black and white custom trim best, in the ad above...less gaudy.
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I think I still have a set of NOS "spring" trim for a 2 door. Does any one need it?
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... have found that moulding in the center to be an an accessory. I have one in the original box with a part number of B8A 6420000-B. It came with the gold anodized and the stainless surround for the gold and also the 6 portholes in the box with all the clips. It also came with the gunsight fender ornaments in the box but those were always robbed out to sell separately. I have seen a few of those but very few installed on a car. Hope this helps, Dale.
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I think I still have a set of NOS "spring" trim for a 2 door. Does any one need it?
You guys may be sitting on gold. I would advertise it in HEMMINGS or EvilBay at the least.
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I broke the code last night regarding this trim. It was also available as a kit(s) in addition to actual SERVICE PARTS (I assume) as the TRIM LEVEL is cataloged.

I also discovered chromedidium headlamp doors so if you see them on a car, they may be OEM.

63B - FAIRLANE CLUB VICTORIA - 2 DR HDTP

64A - FAIRLANE CLUB SEDAN - 2DR SEDAN

57B - FAIRLANE TOWN VICTORIA - 4DR HDTP

58A - FAIRLANE TOWN SEDAN - 4 DR SEDAN
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11,606 VIEWS SO FAR...

Must be a lot of interest in the 58 FORD.

Here is another thread with SW descriptions if interested -

- https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...233197&page=30
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Below is a late production 'GENUINE FORD ACCESSORIES FOR 1958' advertisement.

Notice the 'COUNTRY CLUB TRIM' description - (ATTACHED IMAGES)
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The most startling -- and controversial -- change from 1957 was an elliptical rear deck indentation designed to improve panel strength. It also served to accent four oval tail-lamps (with the inboard pair in the trunk-lid), FORD's first departure from round units since 1952. Greater rigidity also prompted the addition of seven longitudinal grooves or "flutes" in all roof panels, including wagons.

Up front were quad headlights per industry fad and two ideas from the 1958 T-Bird: a phony hood air scoop, again for panel strength, and a wide, mouth-like bumper/grille for maximum air flow to the radiator core.
This is from an interesting read on the 1957-1959 FORD. A few things I didn't realize regarding the 58.

SOURCE - https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1957-...tyling.htm#pt4
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....the "Spring" model 1958 Ford Fairlane.


It's interesting, mercman, Chrysler offered what they called a "Spring Special" in the mid fifties in the US. I guess that was the thing to do back then, given that this kind of seasonal offering came from both Ford and Chrysler. I had a 1955 version in two door hardtop configuration (Windsor Deluxe.) I can't recall what other years - if any - the Spring Special was offered. It was basically just a cosmetic package, as I understand it. Chrysler had a specific two tone color scheme, with no choice of colors. In '55 it was a kind of a cream white with an aqua blue. I couldn't say if there were any special interior appointments for the package.

It makes sense in the US to have a spring promotional to help boost sagging interest in models that have been around for a while (they’re introduced late summer/ early fall of the previous year) but it makes me wonder: Isn't your spring in the southern hemisphere the opposite of ours in the northern hemispere? So spring for you would be September/October, right? Those are usually the months when our cars are released here. If you had a new generation/update of Ford released in Australia, would it typically be in Sept./Oct. like us, or some other time of the year?
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This is from an interesting read on the 1957-1959 FORD. A few things I didn't realize regarding the 58.

SOURCE - https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1957-...tyling.htm#pt4

That is interesting. From the article: "Ford had three objectives for its 1958 facelift... In retrospect, the result comes off quite well against that year's "Chromes-mobile" and bespangled Buick, but it was not well-liked at the time. That judgement is shared today by collectors, who consider the 1957 the most beautiful Ford of the decade, the 1958 the ugliest."


When I like the styling of a car, it's generally well liked by others, or at least appreciated as something that's unique and interesting. That's why I find it weird that other people don't like the '58 Ford. Now, most other Ford's from the fifties were attractive (some more so than others) so I can understand that the '58's styling is the least well liked of the decade because the competition from the other years is stiff. But it's still a nice looking car. I guess the problem is that '58 was just a bad year for styling for all car makers in general. Many Mopars still had the impressive big fin look, but they were just starting to enter their weird phase in '58...by '60-61 there was some pretty strange looking stuff coming out of Chysler. The Edsel was odd, but it didn't deserve it's reputation as the worst looking car of the era. That honor belongs to the '58 Buick that the article mentions. And most other '58 cars from GM were almost as bad.

I personally think 1958 was the best looking year of the decade for the two door Ranch Wagon and sedan delivery. I'd love to have a Ranchero from that year, too.
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A '57 was my third car and I became a fanatic. Of course the 57 got a 58 hood in gray primer (added at least fifty HP).

But I always viewed the 58 as a bit extravagant with all it's bells and whistles. But lately I think I would rather have a 58.

But I also was uncomfortable with the 57 'BUG EYED LOOK'.

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Not a Fairlane but a 58 Custom 300 Business Sedan, originally a Thriftmaster 6 now an FE, I believe there were 4 exterior trim packages for this base model.
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In regards to the Australian Mainline ute from 55 to 58, in fact the latest build date I saw was April 60.
Clearly Ford Australia had a few left over bodies they wanted to get rid off. and were clearly still producing these through 59.
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Australian Ford Mainline Utility, officially released midway through 1958, but as BLACKNRED commented, they were continued into 1960.
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1958 Ford Mainline Coupe Utility as illustrated on the Cover of the original Sales Brochure
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I wonder if this is where FOMOCO got the idea for the US RANCHERO?
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1958 Ford Fairlane with Grille Guard removed
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1958 Ford Fairlane with Grille Guard removed
And here is one with grille guard delete, 57 hood, the header shaved (nameplate) and fender ornaments removed -

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1956 Ford "Ranchero" made from a Crown Victoria.
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This isn't a SPRING MODEL, but it is enough to make you want to cry -

- https://www.racingjunk.com/ford/1842...&np_offset=0#1
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This isn't a SPRING MODEL, but it is enough to make you want to cry -

- https://www.racingjunk.com/ford/1842...&np_offset=0#1
Very nice, and I'm not a fan of 58's.
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METEOR was a marque of automobiles offered by Ford Motor Company of Canada from 1949 to 1976. The make was retired for the 1962 and 1963 model years, when the name was used for the MERCURY METEOR sold in the United States. It succeeded the Mercury 114, a Canadian-market Mercury based on the Ford, the "114" name being taken from the car's wheelbase.
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The MONARCH line provided Canadian Ford dealerships a product to sell in the medium-price field, similar to Ford of Canada offering the METEOR line of lower-price vehicles which were actually Ford models with Mercury-like trim and model names.
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