June 21, 2013
BATH TOWNSHIP — The year was 1956. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, Don Larson pitched the only perfect game in World Series history and Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House. Chevrolet and Ford continued to battle for supremacy in American automobile sales. Ford’s 1956 Victoria was available in two door, four door and station wagon models. Production numbers for the 1956 Ford Victoria was 177,735, with a curb weight of 3,345 pounds. The car retailed for $2,294 in 1956.
Ray Kenney, of Bath Township, owns this 1956 Ford Victoria. This was a gift from his wife, Carol. Kenney said this car was his dream since he was eight years old. His dad had one when he was growing up. The Post Cereal Company put the entire 1956 Ford lineup in their cereal boxes. Kenney collected them all, but the one he loved the most was a red and white Victoria. Kenney has named this beauty Lainie, and says, “She’s an elegant work piece, understated elegance,” Kenney said.