• Ford Custom 500

The Ford Custom was a car model of Ford that was built in model year 1949 as the top model, parallel to the Ford series. 1957 lived on the name again, but for the simplest equipment variant, which was offered in parallel to the model Fairlane. The Fairlane replaced the Custom from this role in 1960. 1964 appeared the name again, again for the simplest equipment variant. In 1976, the name finally disappeared.

In June 1948, Ford unveiled the successor to the Super Deluxe series as “Custom Series” while the simpler trim easily Series Ford called it. From the predecessor assumed the Custom, the engines, an inline six-cylinder 3,703cc, which delivered 95hp at 3.300/min (70 kW) and a V8 engine with 3,917cc, the (74 kW) made 100hp at 3.600/min.

The custom was 2 – or 4-door sedan, 2-door Club Coupe, 2-door convertible or 3-door station wagon available and showed over its predecessor, the new, fashionable pontoon with integrated fenders.

The following year, the series was replaced by the Custom Deluxe series. From the first Custom series created 914 291 copies.

In October 1956, the successor of the basic model Mainline was presented. The new model had a pronounced trapezoidal shape, single spotlight on the wide radiator grille and clear rear fins with large, round taillights. It was available as a custom and slightly better equipped Custom 300. As motorization either served a six-cylinder in-line engine with 3,654cc displacement, 144hp of the (106 kW) at 4.200/min. gave or a V8 engine with 4457cc Displacement, the. At 4,500 rpm 190hp (140 kW) made.

The Custom was available as a two or four-door sedan or two-door business coupe as the Custom 300 only as a sedan.

In model year 1958 accounted for the custom; there was only the Custom 300, but in all three body styles. The two single headlights were replaced by dual headlights and the grille was somewhat smaller. The six-cylinder engine increased by 1hp, the V8 engine by 15hp to 205hp whole (151 kW).

1959 were the stylistic changes from rather low: a slightly more angular front and even larger round taillights. The wheelbase was 116 to 118 enlarged and the V8 engine delivered 200hp only (147 kW), but even at 4.400/min.

In three years, emerged 1351093 Custom and Custom 300 In the following year the parallel already being manufactured for Ford Fairlane replaced the Custom 300 from.

In September 1963, the new Custom replaced the Ford 300 as the simplest model. The tail fins were gone and had made the sober style of the 1960s space. What remained were the dual headlights and the huge, round taillights. The inline six-cylinder engines had a displacement of 3,654cc and made 138hp (101 kW) at 4.200/min., The V8 engines reported 4,261cc displacement, and brought it in to 164hp (121 kW) 4.400/min.

The custom was only 2 – or 4-door sedan available, as well as the better-equipped Custom 500

In 1965, a completely new styling. The dual headlights were now sitting on each other at the ends of the wide radiator grille with vertical chrome bars. The new six-cylinder engine had 3933cc and 150hp made (110 kW) at 4,000 rpm., The V8 engine was enlarged to 4,736cc and delivered 200hp (147 kW) at 4.400/min.

Only small changes to the grille was seen in the 1966 models. Technically, everything remained the same. Also in 1967, it remained in small changes to the front of the vehicle.

In model year 1968 a major revision was due again: The front showed a broad grille in V shape with side by side double recessed spotlights. About the rear wheel arches had become a more elegant Pelvic thrust crept. Technically there was little change; only the V8 engine was now powered by 5hp less (195hp/143 kW at 4,600 rpm.).

In 1969 the exterior of the Custom models has been smoothed; the grille was in contrast to the previous straight back and had a chrome frame. Technically, there were also significant changes: The wheelbase has increased by 2 to 121 and the old 289er Challenger V8 was cu.in. by a motor with 302 (4,948cc) engine capacity replaced. The 220hp made (162 kW) at 4,600 rpm. After the station wagon series was abandoned, came during a Custom 5-door station wagon with 6 seats called Ranch Wagon to which was also available as a Custom 500. In this better equipment, it was to get even with 10 seats (three seats).

A slight stylistic revision was also 1970: The twin headlights disappeared into the dark caverns of the massive grille, which had a prominent center section. The Custom 500 was abandoned, as well as the two-door sedan, the six-cylinder models were available only as four-door sedans.

In 1971, the Custom 500 back and both models showed a grille with broad, strongly protruding middle section, framed by the double headlights. Both families were as a 4-door sedan or 5-door Ranch Wagon with 6 seats available. Both the six-cylinder and the V8 had lost at the same cubic capacity of 10hp and 140hp now rendered (103 kW) or 210hp (154 kW).

Few changes were made in 1972. Merely the front bumper was made somewhat massive.

1973 was again a major change. The dual headlights were now sitting in rectangular frame next to the radiator grille, which in fashionable Box-Design stretched between. The custom had disappeared; there was only the better-equipped Custom 500 The old 240 six-cylinder had retired and was replaced by a copy with 250 cu.in. (4,096cc) engine capacity replaced. However, the contributed only 120hp (88 kW) at 3.200/min.

In the following year there was a revised vehicle front with a powerful bumper, which corresponded to the new security policies. The corners of the vehicle with the perpendicular direction indicators and the middle third of the grille were pulled forward, while the remaining parts of the vehicle’s front was reset with the dual headlights were. The six-cylinder was now powered by 124hp (91 kW).

1975, the last year of the custom, there was again no stylistic changes. Only the six-cylinder engine had clearly lost power again and delivered only 98hp (72 kW) at 3,900 min, a measure that is probably to be understood as an excessive reaction to the oil crisis and the resulting demands for lower fuel consumption.

In 12 years, emerged 1685659 Custom and Custom 500