In 1953 Ford offered 3 versions of its full sized sedan, the Mainline, Customline and Crestline – with the Crestline being the highest option version. In 1953 it was Ford’s 50th anniversary and the Crestline got optional power assist steering and brakes (which had been limited to the Lincoln/Mercury brands) but it is somewhat not an issue with today’s restomod. Find this 1953 Ford Crestline Restomod offered for $19,500 in Las Cruces, NM via craigslist. Tip from Fueltruck.
The early 1950s were odd times for the automotive world; Chevy/Ford only offered one vehicle per brand, but optioned to different levels. It would be a few years before the Thunderbirds, Mustangs, Falcons and Fairlanes split into segments like we are accustomed to today, but for entry price buyers in 1953 the choice was simply Ford or Chevy.
This Crestline has had its original Mileage Maker I-6 or Flathead V-8 tossed aside for a 5.0 liter V8 from a 1990s era Ford Mustang. Expect horsepower in the 225 horsepower range, perhaps a few more more with aftermarket performance parts, but pickup will be much improved compared to stock powertrain.
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