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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27-31, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
As advertised on the debut of its newly redesigned-for-1957 models, “This is where tomorrow starts!” Ford’s reputation as a leading car manufacturer rose dramatically with the introduction of its completely restyled 1957 models, which featured the “Equaflair” styling theme by Ford Motor Company stylist George W. Walker, which was most memorably implemented on the Fairlane series. Introduced in October 1956, the new Fords were longer and dramatically lower than ever before and incorporated a full-width rectangular grille, striking bright accents, and the debut of fashionable tailfins or “high-canted” rear fenders in Ford parlance.
The top-line Fairlane 500 trim level was available on six- and V-8 Fairlanes and offered in five body styles, plus the Skyliner retractable-hardtop convertible, which was only offered with a V-8 engine. Selection of the Fairlane 500 included the top trim options of the Fairlane series plus additional C-pillar bright work and a sweeping double-runner chrome strip on the body sides with a textured and gold-anodized insert. With a multitude of exciting two-tone paint finishes and no fewer than 37 possible color combinations for the interior, the Fairlane 500 appealed to a more affluent and discerning buyer. It also helped Ford Motor Company to finally outpace archrival Chevrolet with higher model-year production totals.
This incredibly presented 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria Tudor is simply outstanding as the product of a full and professionally completed body-off-frame restoration with over 1,200 man-hours invested into the process. All components were addressed during the restoration and the only non-original parts on the car are the new reproduction Fairlane 500 scripts on the quarter-panels of the car. Restored to its “as delivered to the dealer” appearance, but with better materials and craftsmanship, the quality of this exceptional Fairlane 500 is confirmed by its achievement of Grand National First Prize honors at the March 2015 Tucson, Arizona AACA meet.
This car was ordered new in typical Southern California style in flashy, top-level Fairlane ‘500’ trim, with special deluxe two-tone paint, deluxe wheel covers, and several upgrades under the hood. The Fairlane was purchased new in Southern California and then subsequently driven to Tucson, Arizona. The Consignor purchased the Fairlane during the late 1980s and it came with the original California “pink slip.” Following acquisition, the Fairlane was relocated from Tucson to Southern Colorado during the fall of 2000, and then the 15-year restoration began in a heated garage. The Consignor, a one-man restoration-shop owner, simply did not know how to retire and set to work. His world-class restoration prowess is well-proven with two wins achieved during his career in the Open American Classic class at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Classic Ford enthusiasts and experts will take special note of this Fairlane’s special “style tone” Goldenrod Yellow/Raven Black paint scheme, which while not a production offering from Ford in 1957, was certainly available at an additional $30 cost for insistent new-car buyers due to its strong popularity during the preceding two model years. This color combination was in fact advertised by Ford in early 1957, and this is confirmed by an original dealer showroom advertisement to prove this, as required by the AACA for judging purposes. Interestingly, this paint code was stamped “S” on the Fairlane’s data plate over the standard paint-code location, which is coded for Raven Black. The “Gold Ripple Weave” interior fabric was another factory-available upgrade and beautifully complements the special paintwork.
Prior to acquisition by the Consignor and its total award-winning restoration, this Fairlane was in very nice driver condition with absolutely no rust and no body damage with only a few paint touch-up areas noted over the Goldenrod Yellow. A complete photographic history, including some older images, accompanies the car at auction. The interior was fully restored to original specifications and the entire upholstery package was supplied by LeBaron Bonney and utilizes the exact OEM materials and patterns throughout. Details and accessories include an under-dash tissue dispenser. Power is provided by a 1957 Thunderbird Special 292 cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 2-barrel Holley carburetor. Careful cylinder-head and valve work allows operation with today’s available fuel. Less than 20 break-in miles have been covered, plus a few additional hours of running time for tuning purposes. An outstanding and expert restoration with special factory colors, this AACA National award winner is handsome, impeccable, and collector-quality throughout! If any further proof is necessary, this stellar Fairlane was also depicted in Volume 79, Number 3 (May/June 2015) of the AACA magazine at the Tucson, Arizona National Spring Meet.