The Ford Mainline was a car model of Ford that was built from 1952 to 1956 in the United States. In these years, the Main Line was the base model; parallel, there was the better-equipped models Custom Line (the average equipment) and the top model, which was called to 1954 Crestline and then Fairlane.
The Main Line was presented in February 1952 as a successor to the Ford Deluxe. He was either equipped with a new, top-controlled six-cylinder in-line engine with 3,523cc, at 3,500 rpm the. 101hp (75 kW) gave, or Ó with the known from the previous V8 engine with 3,916 cm displacement, the 110hp (81 kW) at 3.800/min. was strengthened.
The Main Line was 2 – or 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe and as a 3-door station wagon (Ranch Wagon) available.
The following year, the wagons were further built without major changes. Only the combination with six-cylinder engine fell off. Even in 1954 there were only cosmetic changes to the bodywork; However, it was again possible to obtain the combination with a six-cylinder engine. This six-cylinder engine was new and developed from 3,654cc an output of 115hp (85 kW) at 3.900/min. In order to maintain the proper distance, the performance of the V8 also increased on 130 BHP (96 kW) bei 4.200/min.
Overall, in three years 700 305 Main Line of the first series originated.
In October 1954, the second series of the Main Line was introduced. She had been completely revised and the flatter, wider and longer vehicles showed small tail fins. The six-cylinder engine got a power boost and now delivered 120hp (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm. The V8 engine was enlarged to 4457cc and was now powered by 162hp (119 kW) at 4.400/min. As an option, there was a Power Pack, Which consists of a four-gasification plant and consisted of 182hp (134 kW) at 4.400/min also. provided.
The second series of the Main Line in 1955 as a 2 – or 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe, available. The wagons formed a separate station wagon series. In 1956 there were again only minor changes. The six-cylinder engine produced 137hp (101 kW) at 4.200/min. and the V8 brought it to 173hp (127 kW) at 4.400/min. The high-performance variant fell away, but the car with automatic transmission (Ford-O-Matic) contributed 3hp more.
From the second series of the Mainline created 291 743 pieces. In the following year the model Custom replaced the Main Line.
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