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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Victoria, 428 Cobra Jet red, white, and fast all over!

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria, 2dr Hardtop, VIN D7LV165389, was originally equipped 312 Cubic Inch 4bbl, now sporting a custom built 428 Cobra Jet, made to run fast and idle cool. The transmission was also updated to a C6 Automatic, backed by a Ford 9" rear end. She was born and is today California car, manufactured at the Long Beach plant, and currently resides in Costa Mesa, ever her 2008 restoration. She is factory VE trim code Flame Red and Colonial White outside and White Vinyl & Red Silver-Shadow Fabric on the inside. High quality materials and workmanship are evident in all areas of the automobile. The interior was restored to factory specifications from LeBaron Bonney. She drives out strong and rides smooth, just like you'd expect a big body, big block Ford should.

This car has been professionally inspected by an independent 3rd party in several areas including vehicle mechanicals, paint, and body, this description is based on this non-biased inspection.

Engine Bay:
The engine bay is super clean, a tasteful blend of vintage COBRA livery and finned aluminum billet trim pieces. You will notice also the high capacity aluminum radiator, dual master cylinder, and Classic Auto Air conditioning. The engine bay and drivetrain are in “show ready” condition with no sign of leaks, weeps, or seeps.

Interior:
Fully restored, using nothing but the best available materials. All soft trim was sourced from LeBaron Bonney. The odometer shows 58, 165, but has only traveled a few hundred miles since its restoration. The vacuum windshield wipers were updated to electric. She is also equipped with power steering, the fuel pump, also electric. All gauges, accessories, and electrical components are fully operational with one exception. The rear passenger window goes up and down with the switch below window, and only 'up' but not 'down' from the driver's control panel. It is an issue likely solved with some contact cleaner. The AM/FM radio works, the CD player rides in the trunk. The Classic Auto Air blows nice and cold.

Exterior:
This big, beautiful Ford was born at the Long Beach Assembly Plant and still lives to this day in Costa Mesa, California. The only blemish of noted in the inspector's report is a small chip in the rear deck lid and a small scratch under the emblem. The inspector noting that trunk lid fits slightly tighter on the left. Overall, paint is in excellent condition, showing bright, straight and smooth. Panel gaps are even, and alignment exceeds the original fit and finish from the factory. Glass, chrome and trim are also in excellent condition.

Chassis:
The chassis and suspension are likewise clean as a whistle, new brake and fuel lines, all the suspension components are fully restored and in “as new” condition. The C6 automatic transmission and 9” rear end are likewise newly rebuilt as part of the restoration. The power brakes are front disc and rear drum. The 14” steel wheels are shod in wide whites, painted steelies, and factory hub caps. The quality is consistent with a restoration that began as a dry California car to start and ended up a driven sparingly, stored in a climate controlled private museum between outings.

If you are looking for a fabulous '57 that looks hot and cool at the same time, this is the one!

Principal Use

Driven Show Car

Conditional Grade

Excellent
80%-89% of new condition. Shows minimal wear. High touch surfaces have small blemishes and/or flaws and plated finishes have dulled. Components may show patina and/or blemishes consistent with repeated show detailing, transport, occasional driving on dry roads and outdoor display.

Overall Originality

Restomod

A mostly outwardly stock appearing car, usually restored with drivetrain and performance components upgrade with bolt-on performance enhancing parts. Could extend to a full drivetrain and suspension swap working within the constraints of the stock frame and sheet metal. These modifications are largely reversible without cutting or welding.

SYA's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

* Genuine Flame Red over Colonial White 500 Victoria Coupe

* Equipped with a custom built 428 Cobra Jet big block

* Classic Auto Air, Air Conditioning

* Born a California car and is today

* Completely restored with low miles on a private museum piece

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
428
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
White
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1957
Make
Ford
Model
Fairlane
Miles
58,165
Stock
521

Interior

Interior Color
Red & White
Secondary Interior Color
Red & White
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl & Cloth
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No
Engine Size
428
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Body Style
Coupe
Principal Use
Driven Show Car
Conditional Grade
Excellent
Overall Originality
Restomod
Current Location
COSTA MESA, CA 92626

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