Lot 118
1955 Ford Tudor Ranch Wagon "Orange Krisp"



• World-famous unique custom
• Strong running modern drivetrain; Handles as good as it looks
• Award-winning styling; Extensive media coverage
• Trendsetting engineering; Iconic design and presentation

5.0-liter Roush RSC Coyote 32V SOHC V-8 engine, TVS Supercharger, 600 HP, Automatic-overdrive transmission, custom Fatman Fabrications Mustang II front suspension, Super Slide semi-elliptic rear leaf springs, Ford 9” rear axle, hydraulic disc brakes to the front, drum brakes to the rear; wheelbase: 115.5”

In the mid-1990s, Ken “Posies” Fenical spotted a “plain Jane” two-door 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon, made an offer and bought the nice old wagon and took it to his shop, Posies, home of some of the most beautiful and highly awarded custom creations. This wagon was like a blank piece of paper waiting for the talents of this artist in sheet metal to apply his skills. Starting with the chassis, the suspension was treated to a custom-fitted Fatman Fabrications Mustang II subframe up front and to the rear, and Posies’ own Super Slide leaf springs which provide an ideal ride. Close observation of the body will show that the roofline is a bit more streamlined that the original design, utilizing the roof panel from a rust-free 1958 Edsel Villager station wagon carefully grafted to the lower body at the rain-gutter line. For the lower body, it was treated to a complete nosing of the hood removing all the original ornamentation, shaving of the door handles and fitted with electric “poppers” plus the addition of a double-stainless side treatment that features the immediately recognizable Fairlane dip in a twin-rail pattern. To the rear, the license plate was mounted in a deep, custom enclosure on the tailgate with both of the trademark jet-inspired taillights with recessed lenses. Finished in the PPG’s high-impact Orange Krisp color, it seemed like a perfect name for this unique build. Hand-stitched tan leather seats are accented with custom print fabric which used for the headliner, sun visors and door panel inserts. Across the entire dashboard is a full assortment of gauges while the original 1955 Ford “Astra-View” speedometer cluster has been retained. Completed in early 1998, Orange Krisp was shown at countless shows and competitions across the country. As technologies have progressed since it first hit the show circuit, in 2016, this incredible station wagon was treated to a number of updates including a reconfigured ventilated hood to help the newly installed Roush RSC Coyote 600 HP Supercharged V-8, upgraded brakes and the installation a Deltrans modified Ford AOD transmission that was built to handle those 600 ponies and 500 foot-pounds of torque. Adding sparkle to the wheels is a set of custom Cadillac Sombrero style billet wheels. In the early 2000s ERTL, a leading model maker, produced a limited American Thunder series of car of which Orange Krisp is considered by many the most sought-after vehicle in the collection. Even though Orange Krisp made its debut nearly 22 years ago, its recent upgrades makes it as up to date as one can wish for. Most recently it toured the show car circuit as part of the Roush display and was recently presented with high awards at the Detroit Motor City Autorama exhibition.

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