Although Ford and Chevy built virtually the same number of cars in 1957, you rarely see beautifully restored 1957 Ford Fairlane Club Victorias like this lovely Torch Red over Colonial White cruiser. With trim proportions and that dramatic accent line that runs the length of the body, including the anodized insert up front, this Ford is an extremely stylish example of 1950s styling and design.
You can see Ford's first flirtations with the jet-inspired styling in this handsome Fairlane, including the round taillights that would become a hallmark for the next decade. Paint quality is very nice, and even though it's several years old now, the color combination and dramatic trim makes a great statement and everyone will want to know what this is when they see it. You could give it a professional buff to really wake it up, but even as-is, this is a very handsome car. Gaps are good all around and there's no place for sloppy work to hide, because that trim needs to line up from panel to panel. Chrome is bright and shiny, with much of it appearing to have been re-plated, including the massive bumpers and simple horizontal grille. Look a little closer and you'll notice that the Fairlane script on the nose and flanks, as well as the trunk emblem have been nicely restored and retain all their detail.
The interior wears original style red and white upholstery, which looks highly authentic even though it was a complete color change from blue and white. With full-sized comfort for six, the Fairlane was as stylish inside as it was outside, and the patterns are once again the kind of thing that will make you think of our favorite colorful decade. Showing only moderate wear, the interior is crisp, bright, and nicely fitted, and you'll note that the front seat is power-actuated, a nice bonus. The dashboard has been painted to match the bodywork, and offers a cool rounded instrument pod that is perfectly framed by the three-spoke steering wheel and its unique horn ring. The radio has been upgraded to a modern AM/FM stereo unit, but the dash was not cut to accommodate it and an original radio could be easily retrofitted, and there's a vintage-looking under-dash A/C unit that still blows ice cold and was probably installed decades ago. In back, the massive trunk features a full-sized spare and a full set of nicely bound carpets for an upscale look.
Under the hood you'll find a very nicely detailed 292 cubic inch Y-block V8 sporting a coat of corporate red paint, factory air cleaner assembly, and a set of simple black valve covers. That massive air cleaner hides the carburetor, but doesn't hinder the lovely V8 burble from the tailpipes, augmented by a set of glasspack-style mufflers. The A/C compressor dominates most of the engine bay, but you'll see that it has been well-maintained and nicely detailed, so no shame in opening the hood now and then at shows. Underneath, the chassis is unrestored but the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission still shifts crisply and you have 3.10 gears in back, making this a car you can drive at modern speeds with confidence. It rolls on a set of newer 205/75/14 whitewall radials on the original 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.
I know Chevy fans probably won't be cross-shopping, but this Fairlane is a wonderful car to drive and the Victoria is a rarely seen body style. With maintenance records and a ton of potential, this is a cool car for the Blue Oval faithful. Call today!