1952 Ford

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Ford Mainline
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledFord Mainline
Ford Customline
Ford Crestline
Ford Sunliner
Ford Victoria
Ford Country Squire
AssemblyChicago, Illinois
Predecessor1949 Ford
Successor1955 Ford
ClassFull-size Ford
Body style(s)2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)215 CID (3.5 L) OHV I6
239 CID (3.9 L) Flathead V8
Wheelbase115 in (2921 mm)
ManualsService Manual

The Ford line of cars was again refreshed for 1952, although remaining similar to the all-new 1949 Fords. This time, curved one-piece windshield glass joined a new "Mileage Maker" straight-6 engine. The 226 CID (3.7 L) L-head straight-6 was replaced by an overhead valve 215 CID (3.5 L) Mileage Maker with 101 hp (75 kW), while the old 239 CID (3.9 L) Flathead V8 remained with 110 hp (82 kW).

Ford 1952 Carrera Panamericana


See also Ford Country Squire

The model lines were again reshuffled, with the base model now called "Mainline" and mid-level called "Customline". The top "Crestline" included the "Sunliner" convertible, "Victoria" hardtop, and "Country Squire" station wagon. Inside was a "flight-style" control panel and new pedals suspended from below the dashboard. The grille sported a single center "bullet" surrounded by a chrome ring as well as "jet intake" corner markers.In some of these Fords was a feature called the overdrive. This would allow the driver to go faster without racing the engine. The driver would come to a complete stop and push in the overdrive lever, then they would take off and get up to 35-45 miles per hour they would have gone through all three gears and they would finally let go of the accelerator for a short time then touch the accelerator again and be off and running in overdrive.


1953 Ford Crestine convertible

The big news for 1953 was the availability of power-assisted brakes and steering, which had previously been limited to the Mercury and Lincoln lines. The center grille bullet lost its ring and was now flanked by vertical black stripes, while the corner markers were plain rectangular lights rather than the circular "intakes". All 1953 Fords featured commemorative steering wheels marking the company's 50th anniversary. William Clay Ford paced the Indianapolis 500 in a Sunliner convertible with a dummy Continental tire kit. This was also the last year for real wood trim on the Country Squire wagon.


See also Ford Victoria Skyliner

The long-lived Flathead V8 engine was replaced for 1954 by an overhead valve Y-block unit, marking the end of an era. This engine produced 130 hp (97 kW) with a 2-barrel carburetor and an impressive 160 hp (119 kW) with a Holley four-barrel in the official-use-only law enforcement model. Another new addition was the "Victoria Skyliner" sedan, which featured an acrylic glass panel over the front half of the roof. A snap-in sunshade was a desirable option. The woody Country Squire wagon now used artificial fiberglass panels but remained the most-expensive Ford.

Two more desirable options were offered for the first time in 1954: power windows and a four-way power seat.