My mother’s first car was a blue and white 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 that she called ‘Bluebird’, and I built a few models of ’57 Fairlanes over the years for her. Maybe it’s because I grew up a blue oval fan, but I appreciate the Ford’s styling in 1957 more than the common love, the Chevrolet. This one is someone’s unfinished project, and it’s currently standing in a yard in Mount Union, Iowa. The owner has decided to list it here on eBay, where the buy it now price is $2,950 but lower offers are welcomed.
According to the seller, the car has been stored for decades, but we don’t know whether that was indoors or outside. Based on the rust in the rear quarters and rocker panels, it may have been outside, but on the other hand I would think the “NOS” front fenders would have acquired quite a bit of rust if they had been outside the whole time. The seller also says it will need patches in the front floors and trunk while you’re looking up 1957 Fairlane patch panel pricing and availability.
That rear bumper loos too large to me, but a little bit of time on Google shows 1957 500s with both this style and a much smaller style. Anyone know the story on that? I can’t quite read the license plate date, but those plates were used from 1986 to 1996, which means if my arithmetic is correct, it’s been off the road for a minimum of 20 years.
Here’s a closeup of the driver’s side rocker panel and the passenger side floorboard. Not quite a Flinstone-mobile, but certainly some cutting and welding is needed!
The seller tells us that this is a 312 cubic inch “Thunderbird Special” V8 attached to a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive. We’re also told that the engine was rebuilt before storage. I have to wonder why you’d rebuild an engine for a car, almost finish reinstalling it but never complete the job and drive it? Regardless, this seems like a project you could at least get back on the road relatively quickly, although the cosmetics would certainly take a lot longer. Is this the project for you? Which 1957 American car do you like the best? Tell us in the comments!