This 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 was originally purchased in Orange, California.

After inheriting the car from her parents, the current owner even has the original pink slip.  And there’s more both to this car family’s story and collection.

But first the 1958 Fairlane 500 – with a retractable hardtop.  Susan Lamoureux from Irvine submitted this Car Story.

Tell Us About Your Car

Susan Lamoureux: It’s a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 with a rectractable hardtop.

And it has Colonia trim with a soft-textured leather-grained white vinyl.  Plus Royal Scot black tweed seats.

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 packed on grass at car show with top partially retracted

Purchased new in Orange, CA

What Type Of Miles Do You Put On Your Car?

SL: I got it with about 90,000 miles.  And I put about 1,500 miles a year on it.

How Did You Come About Owning Your 1958 Ford Fairlane 500?

SL: I inherited the car from my parents.  And, I have the original pink slip.

Original Owner

It was purchased new in June 1958 in Orange, California.

I tracked down the son of the original owners on  Plus the son, who now collects Jeeps, said he remembers driving it as a teenager.

Second Owner

Then, in 1986 the second owner purchased the car.  And it was taken to Tulare, California.

Third Owner

After that, my parents bought the car in February 1996.  So, they had it in Visalia, CA.

And now it remains in my family with me in Irvine.

How Have Your Modified Your Car?

SL: This is a preservation car with 104,000 miles.  It is only maintained and serviced.

What Are Your Favorite Activities To Do With Your ’58 Ford Fairlane?

SL: Attend car shows.  And show people how the retractable hardtop works!

Also, enjoy the power of the V8 – 352cid/300hp, Thunderbird Special.  Plus, it even has the original air filter decal!

What Are Your Top-3 Favorite Things About Your Car?

SL: My Top-3 favorite things about my 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop are:

  1. The V8 motor.
  2. It’s all original condition.
  3. The wind in our hair on the open road!

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Anything Else About Your 1958 Ford Fairlane 500?

SL: My family has always been a car family.

And when I was a child our family hobby was Model A Fords.  I loved them.  So when I graduated from Pomona High School in 1967 I purchased a 1929 Model A Ford steel black sedan.

I went to Chapman College with it and it was my daily driver for about 10-years.

Driver side profile of a 1929 Ford Model A - black

1929 Ford Model A

In fact, after 52-years, I just sold it to the Devilious Eatery in Old Town Temecula.  And they are using it for marketing and advertising the pub.

We’ve Always Been A Car Family

SL: Plus we have my husband’s mother’s 1957 Bentley S1 Saloon.

And that was purchased in Newport Beach at Roy Carver Rolls-Royce back in 1960.

Driver front profile of a beige 1957 Bentley S1 Saloon parked on driveway with pine trees in background

1957 Bentley S1 Saloon

It’s been repainted, with new leather and refurbhised wood.  All that work was done around 2006.  But it has just 90,000 original miles.

Finally, we have my parent’s 1968 Cadillac De Ville convertible.  And it’s a preservation car as well.

Brown 1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible parked in driveway with pine trees in background and top down

1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

And the DeVille has just 130,000 original miles.  Additionally, it was purchased new from Rubidoux Motors in Riverside – back in 1968.

So our 3-car garage is quite full.  Because we manage to park three very long old cars in it!

iDSC: Thanks for sharing your 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 with us Susan – and the rest of your fleet of cool-cars!


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