I recently purchased my great grandmother's 1955 Ford Fairlane from my aunt. Affectionately known as "The Lady," the car has been passed from one member of the family to another since its purchase. The slideshow above shows the many adventures the Lady has been on and below is a short history (much credit is due to my Uncle for helping write about much of the car's early years). I hope to continue adding photos and stories as I collect them as well as sharing the new adventures the car sees, enjoy!
The Lady was purchased new in 1955 by Dora E. L. Colby or "Mimi" as she was known. When she died in 1960 it became her husband's (John Colby) car until he gave up driving at age 90 around 1965 or '66. Because John could no longer drive himself, Arthur Langton or "Dub," began driving his grandpa around in the Ford. Arthur was student teaching at the time, but looked forward to being eligible for a real job. Grandpa John gave the car to Arthur shortly after he started teaching in the spring of '66 (Arthur first taught period 6 in Room 6 on 6/6/66). The car only had about 29,000 miles on it at the time so it was practically new. Though it was now Arthur's car, he continued to drive Grandpa Colby around in the Lady until Grandpa died just after the first moon landing in 1969.
Stephen drove the Lady to commute to LA High from the San Fernando Valley for some time before buying a more efficient diesel VW Rabbit. He then gave the Lady to Debra Flu (now Gruttadauro) one of his wife Jeralynn's younger sisters. Debra drove the Lady in Los Angeles and San Diego while attending college and continued enjoying the car as a weekend driver after she married. She showcased the car in a few shows and lent the Lady to her friends as a wedding getaway car. After enjoying the car longer than any of the previous owners (30+ years), she sold the car to me in 2012!