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BLACK BEAUTY

WHEN WAS the last time you saw one of these? I’m guess­ing for most the an­swer is never. What you’re look­ing at here started life as a top-of-the-range Ford Fair­lane that was then sent to Tickford Ve­hi­cle En­gi­neer­ing. The boys at Tickford then set about fet­tling and beef­ing up the luxo-cruiser, turn­ing the knob up to eleven and, in do­ing so, trans­form­ing the Fair­lane into a luxo-bruiser! They called it the TL50 and just 58 were built, mak­ing this a ver y rare car in­deed. Slot­ted un­der the bon­net is the ven­er­a­ble 4.9lt Wind­sor donk, which pushes out a meaty 200kW and 420Nm of torque. I reckon this thing would be per­fect for in­ter­state cruiser du­ties; plenty of lux­ury, plenty of shove and a pack­age rare enough to jus­tif y the price tag to the mis­sus.

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