The sedan delivery, a car-based panel van, first appeared in the
Ford line in 1932. Over the next 25 years plus, various versions
came and went, but the concept remained the same. These all-steel
station wagons have always been a favorite among merchants and
retail business owners. In 1957 a new model branded the Ford
Courier was introduced. It was based on the 2-door Ford Ranch
Wagon, but with blank panels in lieu of side windows. Just over
6,000 were built. This 1957 'California' Courier was a frame-on
restoration (2007) to near-pristine condition. Look at the photos.
Excellent chrome trim and period correct Torque Thrust 5-spoke
alloys with BFG Advantage T/A radials accent the stunning
base-clearcoat Raven Black finish on the laser-straight body. The
restored interior is also in very good condition. Seats have been
reupholstered in black/white leather and all individual components
including the dashboard, headliner, carpeting and door panels are
very sharp. A new Painless wiring harness, gauge package and
aftermarket AM/FM/10-disc CD changer system have been added. There
is also an air conditioning console under the dash that blows cold.
According to the VIN, this '57 Courier was factory equipped with
the B code 272ci 'Y' block motor. That engine has been replaced
with a period-correct 292ci 'Y' block V8 that is fitted with
Thunderbird 312 heads and a 600cfm Holley carburation. It is backed
by a Ford 3-speed automatic with trans cooler and 9" Ford rear end
w/ highway gearing. A detailed undercarriage is equipped with
upgraded disc/drum brakes, dual master cylinder, front coil springs
and rear leaf springs w/air-shocks. This Courier needs a new Blue
Oval owner who will appreciate this rare full-size classic. ALL
VEHICLES SOLD "AS IS".
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