1962 Ford Fairlane 500

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. There's a real shortage of mint-green Fairlane sedans in this world!

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Illustration for article titled 1962 Ford Fairlane 500

But not in Alameda, thanks to this Dearborn survivor!

Illustration for article titled 1962 Ford Fairlane 500
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It lives on a busy street and gets driven every day. We approve!

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DISCUSSION

What a pretty little Fairlane, but then I'm partial.

Did you know (DYK) that Popular Mechanics magazine purchased a '62 Ford Fairlane to road test for 10,000 miles and compare to other models to see how it stood. The Fairlane was driven by staff members, and it was driven hard.

After the 10,000-mile test, the basic conclusion was that it was a great car in size and performance, easy to drive and completely predictable. The biggest complaint seemed to be the windshield that produced double images of oncoming headlights at night.