This is the first inside page of the 1958 Ford Fairland sales catalog. The text reads, There's nothing newer in the world! Proved and Approved around the world. Never in the long and spectacular history of the American automobile industry has a new car faced the pre-announcement challenge that was put to the 1958 Ford . . . a road test around the entire world. The 1958 Ford was driven around the world to prove its stamina and performance - the toughest pre-announcement road test ever given an automobile. Months before announcement time, a new Fairlane 500 left Detroit, headed East. Its sudden appearance in England left staid Britishers gasping. Across the Channel it breezed into style-conscious Paris, where overnight its glamorous lines and thoroughbred performance made it the toast of the town. But the real tests lay ahead - the steep winding passes of the Swiss Alps . . . the murderous roads of the Yugoslavia . . . the broiling wastes of Turkey and Iran . . . the "goat tracks" of Afghanistan. Yet Ford passed each test with flying colors. When this grueling round-the-world test was over, the '58 Ford had proved itself as had no other car in the long history of automobiles. And now this same Ford beauty, brawn, power and economy can be yours in every 1958 Ford Fairlane or Fairlane 500. These newest of all Ford GO like no other Ford cars have ever gone - thanks to their wholly new Interceptor V-8 engines. These are the most powerful, most efficient powerhouses in Ford's 25 years of V-8 leadership - thanks to new Precision Fuel Induction. In addition, there's new Cruise-O-Matic Drive, a new automatic transmission that gives you precisely the GoO you want in every driving range. Coupled with a fast axle ratio, you get "built-in" overdrive economy, too! As for beauty, Ford's '58 style-speaks for itself. Acclaimed from Paris to Saigon, it earned the praise of fashion experts and public alike. And there's big riding news, too! For '58 Ford offers Ford-Aire Suspension. You actually float on four air pillows that carry you smooth and level over rough roads. Its like riding on a cloud! Handling is easier, too, with new Magic-Circle steering, next best thing to power steering. Wonder of wonders, all this can be yours at low Ford prices. Truly, there is nothing newer in the world! The list of locations around the globe are listed as Detroit, New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens, Istanbul, Ankara, Tehran, Herat, Kabul, Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Lahore, New Delhi, Calcutta, Rangoon, Bangkok, Saigon, and San Francisco.
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