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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 12th March 2016 Cars - 12/03/2016 / 1969 Ford Fairlane GT Torino Talladega 428 Cobra Jet 1 / Lot 235
Sold between 1955 and 1970 by Ford in North America, the name Fairlane derived from Henry Ford's estate 'Fair Lane' estate near Michigan. Over time, the name referred to a number of different cars in different classes. The Fairlane was initially a full-sized car, but became a mid-sized car from the 1962 model year. A redesign was introduced for the 1968 model year, although the wheelbase remained at 116 inches, but it grew in other dimensions. The car was approximately four inches longer and 200 lb heavier than the cars they replaced.A fastback model was introduced in the Fairlane 500 series, as well as a more luxurious Torino model at the top of the range. The GTs were part of the Torino range, with the 302 V8 standard, with optional engines being the 390 V8 in two- and four-barrel versions. The 390 four-barrel was superseded mid-year as the top performance engine by the 428 cu in (7.0 Litre) Cobra Jet, developing 335 bhp. The Talladega 428 has had little written about it until recently; it served a special purpose with a very strong race history with major links to the NASCAR teams of 1969. The one off Ford Talladega was produced specifically to make Ford more competitive in NASCAR racing and it was sold to the public only because homologation rules required a certain minimum number of cars (500) be produced and made available for sale to the public. With taxes and duties paid, this Ford Fairlane is UK registered and without doubt looks good and sounds superb. Benefitting from power brakes and power steering, the car is very enjoyable to drive. Recent work carried out includes the fitment of a new water pump and PNT 650G looks good under the bonnet. Overall, a clean and tidy example; the interior has no rips or tears and the bodywork shows no sign of corrosion. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this sixth generation Fairlane Talladega is exceedingly rare and offers any purchaser the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.