Show cars had long used transparent roof sections to display their interior s and give the cars a light, airy feel, but few cars made it into production with such novelties. The Crown Victoria was different though, and used a similar Plexiglas section to the 1954 Ford Skyliner. It was a great idea for making the car feel less claustrophobic, but buyers were never really convinced enough and they preferred the safer option of the regular hardtop coupe. The underpinnings used a perimeter chassis with conventional suspension, consisting of double wishbones up front and leaf springs at the rear, all dampened by telescopic shock absorbers, thus making the ride very smooth. The engine was powerful, coming straight from the Thunderbird and giving plenty of straight line power low down in the rev range. Poor sales again in 1956 ensured the end of the Crown Victoria.
Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria (1956) Specifications
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