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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Saturday November 30, 2019 at 2:12 PM
The Ford Parklane 2 door wagon and a 61 Galaxie convertible,

The Ford Parklane is a car that was produced by Ford in the United States for one year only, 1956. Launched to compete with the Chevrolet Nomad, it was a two-door station wagon, based on the Ford Ranch Wagon, but unlike that low-end workhorse model, it was equipped with all the fittings of Ford's top-end Fairlane models of that year, including the distinctive stainless steel side 'tick' and a well-appointed interior. An AM radio was $100, while the 4-way power seats were $60.Brakes were 11" drums.
As a Nomad competitor, it was a successful one, since 15,186 were built in comparison to 7,886 of the competition. The problem was that neither figure was particularly impressive; the Nomad (based on a Chevrolet concept car of 1954) wasn't doing all that well even before competition came over the horizon.
A prototype for a 1957 Parklane was built, but instead Ford produced the slightly downmarket Del Rio as their 1957 two-door station wagon, making the Parklane a single-year only model, and quite a rarity. Starting in 1958, the name ("Park Lane" separated by a space) was used for the top-line Mercury series.

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The Ford Parklane 2 door wagon and a 61 Galaxie convertible, by Dick Johnson #45413
Love em both! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #45413.1
The '56 Ford was tops for me, but I owned a Plymouth of that vintage. Go figure! (EOM) by David Holcombe #45413.2
I like both of them. But I prefer these colors for the 61. by Gary Rockwood #45413.3
I always thought the '61 was an improvement on the already good '60. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #45413.3.1Moderator
+1 Especially the Galaxie tail lights and trim between them. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #45413.3.1.1
'61 my favorite Ford. (EOM) by Bruce Parsons #45413.4
Both are nice but that Galaxie is great! I've always really liked that year Ford. (EOM) by Duncan Pohl #45413.5
That '56 Parklane is gorgeous....Sergio.....make this one PLEASE! by Jack Dodds #45413.6
+1. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #45413.6.1
Extremely attractive Fords ! (EOM) by Mike DeTorrice #45413.7

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