Ford Fairlane: More Than Just a Car
The Ford Fairlane is an iconic car that was produced for 15 years between 1955 and 1970. This car is one of the best known Ford models in the history of the brand. It went through several extreme makeovers in its 15 years of production, from the beautiful Fairlane Victoria model with elegant lines in 1956 to the Talladega version that raced around the track as a muscle car in the late 1960s. The Ford Fairlane, in all of its generational changes, remains a highly collectible car today. As throwback versions of classic cars became popular in the early 21st century, Ford Motor Company almost brought back the Fairlane name with what we now know as the Ford Flex.
The Ford Fairlane was given its name in a homage to the home of Henry Ford, which was lovingly called Fair Lane. The estate is in Dearborn, Michigan and for over 50 years it was a part of the University of Michigan Dearborn campus. While it was a part of the University of Michigan, the home was used as a museum, a child development center, and a restaurant. In 2010, the estate was turned over to a non-profit group that receives financial assistance from the Ford Family. The house was designed in a mix of the popular prairie style, with designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as style borrowed from English manors. Henry Ford and his wife traveled to England to get ideas. The house was grand, but there were bigger and better ones built during the prosperous time of the turn of the 20th century. The home has 31,000 square feet of living space.
When it comes to the name Ford Fairlane, there is one use that many people would prefer to forget. In 1990, the actor/comedian Andrew Dice Clay was unstoppable. Everyone wanted to be seen with him. So, he starred in the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, where he played Mr. Ford Fairlane, who considered himself a rock-n-roll detective. The movie did not receive high marks, but it did features many cameos by big names, like Priscilla Presley, Wayne Newton, Sheila E, Ed O’Neill, and Lauren Holly. While the movie stunk, the soundtrack was rather remarkable, with fun songs by Billy Idol, Motley Crue, and Tone Loc.