Here’s the thing – automakers spend a lot of money getting a vehicle just right. Once the modifications start flying, the results can be either really good, or really bad. Luckily, this custom 1956 Ford Victoria falls into the former category, and gracefully so. Dubbed “Star Dust,” this bespoke two-door is a rolling showcase of ‘50s-era automobile styling elements, combining the parts bin of not only Ford, but also Mercury, Buick, Chevrolet, Studebaker, and Edsel as well.
While a Ford Victoria provides the underlying structure, the exterior is punctuated with additional grille elements from a 1959 Buick and 1953 Studebaker. Eagle-eyed readers may also notice a quartet of Edsel “horse collar” grilles, two of which are up front, and two of which are in the rear. The Edsel elements are laid out horizontally, adding a little visual width in the corners.
Further chrome trim bits from a 1953 Mercury were added to the skirted rear fenders, while the corners are occupied by spinner hub caps. Out back, there’s a set of tail lamps from a 1955 Mercury station wagon.
The whole thing is draped in a sleek shade of Mercury Metallic Blue paint, the perfect color for a car called Star Dust.
Moving inside, we find matching blue and white with numerous upholstery tweaks, all of which carry over into the trunk space and even the spare-tire cover. The dash also gets a 45-rpm record player.
Motivation is sourced from a 312-cubic-inch Thunderbird V8, which is topped with three two-barrel Holley carburetors and mated to a three-speed manual transmission.
As if it weren’t obvious, this Ford Victoria is utterly customized and bespoke down to the smallest of details, and we could spend several posts picking it apart.
Unsurprisingly, the Ford Victoria Star Dust has collected a number of awards and magazine features over the years, and now it’s up for sale by a private owner in Riverwoods, Illinois. Pricing is set at $65,000.