1950-1951 Ford Crestliner
The 1950-1951 Ford Crestliner was a limited-edition tudor sedan distinguished by a vivid contrasting "color sweep" along the body sides, not unlike the pattern on classic-era LeBaron custom bodies. (Bob Gregorie, who claimed some credit for it, said once that LeBaron's famous color sweep had inspired him.)
Ford Crestliners came with standard fender skirts, and the two-tone color was repeated on the padded vinyl top, replicating the look of a convertible. Like the convertible, the Ford Crestliner came only with a V-8.
Ford Crestliners were distinguished by wild two-tone combinations that were ahead of their time in 1950; chartreuse and black was one memorable example. Interiors were color keyed to exteriors, with lush materials. Full wheel covers, and the "Crestliner" script in anodized gold on the front fenders, were part of the package.
Whereas the Custom Ford Tudor started at $1,511, the Ford Crestliner cost $200 extra, which was not much for the distinction it offered (and $250 less than the convertible). Ford sold over 17,000 Crestliners in 1950, more than management had expected.
Although a hardtop appeared for 1951, the Ford Crestliner was left in the line to use up remaining special trim. Production of the 1951 Ford Crestliner was much smaller as a result. The 1951 face-lift (double-spinner grille, handsome new dash with instruments and controls set asymmetrically) combined with scarcity of numbers make the 1951 Ford Crestliner a very desirable collector's item. But try to find one for sale!
Check out the specifications of the 1950-1951 Ford Crestliner on the next page.