Car: Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe
What makes it special: For 1965, the Ford Fairlane was restyled, now sharing new heavily sculpted sheetmetal with Mercury's Comet. The most notable difference was its new rectangular tail lamps that replaced the former year's round units. Styling features for 1965 included body-color headlight bezels for the deluxe models and less chrome on the body and a small standup hood ornament.
What made it famous: A new 225-horsepower 289 V8 that featured a 4-barrel carb and a 10.0:1 compression ratio. Fordomatic was taken off the options table, so Cruise-O-Matic became the sole automatic transmission choice. Even the high-performance V8 could be ordered with it.
Why I would want one: It's the forgotten Fairlane. Sighting a '65 Fairlane is few and far between, and I'm a sucker for the "out-of-the-ordinary" models that make folks say, "Wow...I haven't seen one of these in years!"
Fun fact: At the 2005 Auto Show circuit, Ford revealed a new concept car with the Fairlane nameplate.The "people-mover" Fairlane crossover utility vehicle concept featured three-row seating for six passengers, and previewed the chromed three-bar horizontal grill design, which later appeared on the 2006 Ford Fusion sedan and 2007 Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle.
( 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe photo from picturearchive.co.za )