1956 Ford Customline


Vehicle: 1956 Ford Customline

Engine: 351 Ford Cleveland

Transmission: C4 Auto

Colour: Cream white, pastel green

Name: Gary and Wendy Blair

From: Invercargill

When and why did you acquire it? Eleven years ago. Had been looking for another old car as we regretted selling the ’61 Ford Fairlane and a friend was going to sell the ’56. Had a look and decided this was the car for us and bought it

What is the vehicle’s history? Had always been in New Zealand and had been off the road for a number of years. Most parts had been removed. It got a new lease life about 12 years ago

Have you altered it in any way? We have added fuel-injected carburettors, electric-assist steering, radiator, electric fans, trans cooler, heater, vents, central locking, new gauges, fitted seat belts, new centre console and lower dash, motor and trans overhauled

What’s it like to drive? Great car to cruise in

What’s it worth? Not sure

Where’s your favourite stretch of road? We enjoy any road trip

Top speed? 100kmh

Best driving experience? On holiday and just cruising

Worst driving experience? Seeing a motor bike and a car have a head on in front of you

What other vehicles of note have you owned? 1966 Ford Falcon Futura coupe, HG Holden Premier station wagon, 1961 Ford Fairlane

Best music to drive to? Mostly rock ‘n’ roll

Describe your driving style: Laidback

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle it would be a… We enjoy having a ride in any older vehicle

What was the first vehicle you ever bought? 1960 Ford Prefect

Do you belong to any clubs? Street Machines Southland

EVENT: Street Machines Southland holds summer night cruises on the second Friday of each month, meeting at 6.30pm at Choppas Tyres, 144 Spey St, cruise leaves at 7.30pm. All drivers of American and Australian muscle cars welcome.

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