COLUMBUS GROVE — “Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe: Of the eight new Fairlanes, this one is tops in pure concentrated excitement,” read the sales brochure for the 1964 Ford Fairlane. The Ford Fairlane model sold between 1955 and 1970. The name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. The Fairlane was initially a full-size car, but became a mid-size car in 1962. The Fairlane had a unibody frame, but the body incorporated Ford’s ‘torque boxes’, four boxed structures in the lower body structure designed to absorb road shock by moving slightly in the vertical plane. The Sports Coupe option débuted mid-year and featured bucket seats and a mini console. The trim level supplemented the Fairlane and Fairlane 500 trim levels (the 500 model had more decorative trim, such as a wider chrome stripe down the side and three bullets on the rear quarter panels).
Bill Schroeder, of Columbus Grove, brought his 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for seven years. Schroeder is the third owner of this car. The car is not restored. It has the original interior, and one paint job on the outside. Schroeder states that he, “just likes to drive it.”