LIMA —The Ford Customline was a mid-level model produced from 1952 through 1956. It was a model placed between the Mainline and the Crestline. Ford made news in 1954 when they became the only automaker to offer both a modern overhead-value straight-six and a new overhead-valve V-8 engine in their cars. The three-speed manual transmission was standard, or you could opt for the automatic unit for an additional cost. The Ford lineup was restyled after the successful 1949-1951 years. The new models boasted a more filled-out appearance. The windshield was a curved, one-piece fashion. The car was a half-inch taller with a revised grille. The combined grille and bumper assembly was similar to that used by Hudson in 1954, and the round "afterburner" tail lamps lasted through the 1960s. The 1954 Ford advertising read: "Only V-8 in the low-price field ... Only Ball-Joint Ride in the low-price field ... Only Modern Styling in the low-price field... Worth more when you buy it ... FORD."
Don LaPoint, of Lima, brought his 1954 Ford Customline to The Lima News' Real Wheels Cruise In. He found the car while driving through Texas. It has been restored from the ground up in 1995. His beauty is definitely worth more these days than it cost in 1954.