People are often surprised to hear that 1957 saw Ford actually outselling Chevrolet in both the model and calendar year. It is somewhat ironic then that the 57 Chevy seems to have taken the title for most iconic fifties car - certainly to the casual observer.
What Ford produced was a very beautiful car and the sales figures at the time proved it. The 1957 model year saw 1,655,068 vehicles leave the factory gates.
Fairlane was Ford's longer wheelbase car at 118 inches which was slightly longer than the previous year. It also sat around five inches lower than it had before. The Fairlane 500 was more luxurious version sitting at the top-of-the-line and wore a different side trim to the standard Fairlane. This sweep side trim featured a gold anodized insert.
The Club Victoria was a two-door pillarless hardtop coupe.
Jumping into the new craze, Ford's now wore fins although they referred to them as "high-canted fenders"
Inside the new instrument panel was now curved and featured recessed control knobs for passenger protection in case of an accident. It also featured a new sweep-hand speedometer.
1957 also marked the 25th anniversary of Ford's V8 and saw the arrival of even more powerful engines. The base V8 was now 292 cubic inches and produced 212 horsepower. It was available for $100 over the price of the base 223 cubic inch, six cylinder.
The standard transmission was a 3-speed manual with Overdrive (as fitted to this car) priced at an additional $108.
The 2-door Victoria proved very popular with Ford selling 183,202 of them at a base price of $2,339. In total, 637,161 Fairlane 500s were sold during the 1957 model year.
This Ford Fairlane 500 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)