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My Favorite Car: '55 Ford Fairlane, Richard Breuer, 76, Tarpon Springs

'55 Ford Fairlane

I purchased this car in 1958 upon completing my enlistment in the U.S. Navy. It was purchased from Tucker Ford in Sullivan, Mo., for $1,100. It was a two-toned Ford Fairlane Club Sedan painted bright yellow below the chrome strip and white above. Tires with wide white walls and lots of chrome added to its appearance. It was a beautiful car that captured the adoration of the younger crowd and particularly, to my delight, the young ladies. I installed glass-pack mufflers on the dual exhausts, which emitted a powerful sound upon acceleration and a deep rumble when decelerating. If you couldn't see me coming, you could hear me. Sadly, rust and corrosion brought on by salted streets and mileage in excess of 100,000 were the demise of my beautiful car. I sold it to a co-worker in 1965 for $150. I have had several nice vehicles since, but I think this was my favorite, probably because I was young and life seemed so carefree then.

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My Favorite Car: '55 Ford Fairlane, Richard Breuer, 76, Tarpon Springs 02/24/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 24, 2014 1:26pm]
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