The name of this model was selected after Henry Ford’s estate in Michigan that goes by the same name.
The first generation Fairlane had several variants, each of which had a different name. For e.g. the one with a tinted plastic roof was called Crown Victoria Skyliner, while the Fairlane with lost of stainless trim was called the Sunliner, etc. Irrespective of the variant, all the Fairlane models had one thing in common – stainless steel stripe on her sides. With a 3.7 litre engine under the bonnet, this model was very powerful.
In the mid-fifties a number of Ford Fairlane’s were sold to Cuba. All variants were exported – Sunliner, Skyliner, etc. But because of American embargo, spare parts started becoming difficult to procure therefore prompting owners to sell these petrol guzzling cars at throwaway prices. Taxi drivers picked up such old car models and got spare parts locally manufactured.
Even after 60 years these cars are still used as Taxi’s in the streets of Cuba’s capital Havana (la Habana, in Spanish).