1968 Ford Fairlane Review

1968 Ford Fairlane 500 390 GT S Code from North America

Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 390 GT S Code Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance57314 miles


This Fairlane 500 is a time machine that takes one back to great memories and a better time.


The car is still working, and the electric clock is still ticking.

General Comments:

This car is one of 339 (76E Body) Ford Fairlane 500 convertibles produced in 1968. The car was made by Ford for Ford, and there is no record of the car ever having been sold by Ford to the public. The Vin Number is less than 15.

The car was built as an Introductory Show Unit and was shipped to Hawaii and delivered to the CBS, "Hawaii Five O" production company in Honolulu. The car was used in 6, first season episodes in 1968. The episodes were: Deathwatch; No Blue Skies; By the Numbers; Up Tight; Deathwatch; 24 Karat Kill.

The car came with bucket seats, console floor shifter, power disc brakes, power windows, power steering and was painted Ford Diamond Blue with a two-tone blue vinyl interior and a white top. Ford only made 9, 1968 Fairlane 500 convertibles in this configuration.

On September 20, 2010, the new "Hawaii Five O" premiered. CBS in Phoenix, AZ did a news story about the car and its connection to the original show. The car was used in the first episode where the famous words "Book 'em Danno!" were uttered by actor Jack Lord to actor James MacArthur.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2011

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review