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1962 Ford Fairlane

1962 Ford Fairlane

Reborn in 1962, into the intermediate sized lineup from Ford, the Fairlane was now nearly one foot shorter than the fullsize Galaxie, and eight inches longer than the compact Falcon. Also new was the lightweight V8 that was designed using a thin-wall casting. Initially displacing 221 cid, the Fairlane V8 was 90 lb. lighter and much more compact than the popular Chevrolet small block V8. In mid-year 1962, Ford introduced the Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe with standard bucket seats and a mini-console. Optional was the 260 Challenger V8, a bored out version of the 221.

How the Ford Fairlane did in a 10,000 Mile Run!
In 1962 Popular Science Magazine purchased a '62 Ford Fairlane to road test for 10,000 miles and compare to other models to see how it stood. The Fairlane was driven by staff members, and it was driven hard. It was originally purchased for $2,433.30, and was a manual-shift, 4-door sedan. The Fairlane as reported weighed in at 2900 pounds was equipped with a 145 hp V-8. At 60 miles per hour, the Fairlane still averaged 20 miles per gallon! Among the better notes for the '62 Fairlane included great performance, with a quite engine with plenty of pep to pass. As for as design the car proved to have plenty of leg and head room except for the shift lever, and the steering wheel as well as being free from rattles. After the 10,000 mile test, the basic conclusion was that it was a great car in size and performance, easy to drive and completely predictable. The biggest complaint seemed to be the windshield that produced double images of oncoming headlights at night!

1962 Ford Fairlane Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Fairlane Six-Cyl Series
N/A 32 4 Dr Sedan $2,216 2,791 lbs Note 2
N/A 31 2 Dr Sedan $2,154 2,757 lbs Note 3
Fairlane V-8 Series
N/A 32 4 Dr Sedan $2,319 2,949 lbs Note 2
N/A 31 2 Dr Sedan $2,257 2,915 lbs Note 3
Fairlane 500 Six-Cyl Series
N/A 42 4 Dr Sedan $2,507 2,808 lbs Note 4
N/A 41 2 Dr Sedan $2,304 2,774 lbs Note 5
N/A 47 2 Dr Sport Coupe $2,504 2,870 lbs Note 6
Fairlane 500 V-8 Series
N/A 42 4 Dr Sedan $2,407 2,966 lbs Note 4
N/A 41 2 Dr Sedan $2,345 2,932 lbs Note 5
N/A 47 2 Dr Sport Coupe $2,607 3,002 lbs Note 6

Notes:

  • Total series output was 79,606 units including both Fairlane sixes and V-8s.
  • Total series output was 217,510 units including both Fairlane 500 sixes and V-8s.
  • Production was counted by body style only. 45,342 Total.
  • Production was counted by body style only. 34,264 Total.
  • Production was counted by body style only. 129,258 Total.
  • Production was counted by body style only. 68,624 Total.
  • Production was counted by body style only. 19,628 Total.

1962 Ford Fairlane Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Fairlane Six-Cyl 115.5 in 197.6 in Not Available Not Available Not Available 6.50 x 13
Fairlane V-8 115.5 in 197.6 in Not Available Not Available Not Available 7.00 x 13 / 7.00 x 14

Vin Number Decoding - 1960 - 1969 Ford (All Models)

Location: stamped on top upper flange of left front fender apron. Located on top of dash visible through windshield. On lock face of left front door.
 
First Symbol - Year
0 = 1960 1 = 1961 2 = 1962 3 = 1963 4 = 1964 5 = 1965 6 = 1966 7 = 1967 8 = 1968 9 = 1969
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
A = Atlanta L = Michigan Truck
B = Oakville N = Norfolk
C = Ontario P = Twin Cities
D = Dallas R = San Jose
E = Mahwah S = Pilot Plant
F = Dearborn T = Metuchen
G = Chicago U = Louisville
H = Lorain W = Wayne
J = Los Angeles Y = Wixom
K = Kansas City Z = St. Louis
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
01 = Mustang 2 Dr Hardtop 51 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom)
02 = Mustang 2 Dr Fastback 52 = Ford 2 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
03 = Mustang 2 Dr Convertible 53 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
10 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan 54 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Galaxie 500)
11 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan 55 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (Galaxie 500)
12 = Falcon Station Wagon 56 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
20 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Futura) 57 = Ford Convertible (Galaxie 500)
21 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan (Futura) 58 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
22 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Bucket Seats) 60 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (XL)
23 = Falcon Station Wagon (Futura) 61 = Ford Convertible (XL)
30 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop 62 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
31 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan 63 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback Coupe
32 = Fairlane Station Wagon 64 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (LTD)
33 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop (500) 65 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe
34 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan (500) 66 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
35 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500) 70 = Ford Station Wagon (Ranch Wagon - 6P)
36 = Fairlane Convertible (500) 71 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 6P)
37 = Fairlane Station Wagon (500) 72 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 10P)
38 = Fairlane Station Wagon (Squire) 73 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire - 6P)
40 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 XL) 74 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Sedan - 10P)
41 = Fairlane Convertible (500 XL) 75 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -6P)
42 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 GT) 76 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -10P)
43 = Fairlane Convertible (500 GT) 76 = Fairlane Convertible
47 = Fairlane Ranchero 83 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop
48 = Fairlane Ranchero (500) 84 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
49 = Fairlane Ranchero (GT) 87 = Thunderbird 4 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
Fifth Symbol - Engine
A = 8-289 Q = 8-427
B = 6-240 R = 8-427
C = 8-289 S = 8-390
E = 6-240 T = 6-200
F = 8-260 U = 6-170
J = 8-302 V = 6-240
K = 8-289 W = 8-427
L = 8-221 X = 8-352
M = 8-390 Y = 8-390
N = 8-429 Z = 8-390
P = 8-428  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 100001
Code Transmission Type
1 3-Speed Manual
5 4-Speed Manual (std. ratio) 2.78 1st.
6 4-Speed Manual (opt. ratio) 2.32 1st.
T Cruise-O-Matic (FMX-L)
U C6 Automatic (aluminum 1 piece case)
W C4 Automatic (aluminum 2 piece case)
X Cruise-O-Matic (C.I. case)
Y Cruise-O-Matic(C.I. case)
Z C6 Automatic Special (aluminum 1 piece case)

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