This 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 is one of those cars that''s love at first sight. Classic colors, a thumping 390, and a fresh restoration add up to a fantastic piece of alternative Ford muscle with exactly the right attitude for those of you who have outgrown your Mustang fascination. Ford used Wimbledon White on most of their factory hot rods and it always looks right on the biggest, baddest blue oval machines. With a high-quality frame-on restoration that''s only got test and tune miles on it, it looks stunning in our studio and even better outside in the sunlight. The Fairlane hardtop has a sleek look that''s complemented by the vertically-stacked headlights, making it look like it''s lunging forward even when it''s sitting still. The clean sheetmetal is in extremely good shape and thanks to professionals at work during the restoration, everything lines up very, very well. The finish is shiny the way only modern paints can be, and those massive rear quarter panels are laser-straight with crisp relief lines. Proper red GT stripes were added along the rocker panels and they add just the right amount of contrast to make the car look racy without being overbearing. Bright chrome bumpers were reinstalled, the stainless was polished, and Ford''s impressively ornate taillights give it a big car look. The bright red interior is this Fairlane''s original color and it was also treated to a no-holds-barred restoration. It kept its factory-issued bench seat, which was wrapped in a new vinyl seat cover with correct vertical pleats and the rear seat was upholstered to match. Simple door panels with woodgrained inserts remind you that the Fairlane 500 was not an inexpensive car and they go well with the aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel. New carpets with matching floor mats, a fresh headliner, and nicely restored seat belts round out the list of soft parts that were replaced. The instrument panel covers the basics and it''s nice to see they resisted the urge to add aftermarket gauges which would have spoiled the clean look of the linear dash. Even the original AM radio still lives in the dash, making this car feel very much as it would have in 1966. The massive trunk has plenty of space and more creamy Wimbledon White paint, as well as a reproduction mat that fits well. With 390 cubic inches under the hood, this car does more than just look fast. With seemingly endless reserves of big block torque, it takes a light touch on the accelerator to keep from turning the rear tires into expensive smoke. The engine bay is highly detailed and slightly modified, but there''s no mistaking the Ford DNA running through it. An open-element air cleaner is obviously not stock, but does wear a reproduction decal as a nod towards the purists. Ford Blue paint and chrome valve covers look fantastic against the satin black inner fenders and firewall, and there''s a shiny new aluminum radiator up front. It starts easily with a baritone blat from the twin tailpipes out back and given how clean it is underneath, it''s easy to see why a full tear-down was unnecessary. A rugged C6 3-speed automatic transmission feeds the usual heavy-duty Ford rear end and it rolls on classic styled steel wheels with 205/70/14 redline radials for the period-perfect look. This car is a big deal for Ford fans and everyone who sees it will think it cost thousands more than it does. When you''re ready to take your muscle car to the next level, this is the way to do it. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.