Pick of the Day: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria

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One: I learned to drive on a red-and-white four-door 1957 Ford sedan with a V8 engine and three on the tree.

Two: At some point in my childhood, I remember my grandfather owning a black-and-yellow ’57 Ford hardtop.

Three: I’m a sucker for 1950s cars with fender skirts.

Therefour (intentional misspelling), my Pick of the Day is this 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria, a two-door hardtop that the private owner says has been driven fewer than 2,000 miles since the car underwent a complete restoration about a decade ago.

694883_20794049_1957_Ford_Fairlane+500In the classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the owner, from Payette, Idaho, says the car has the optional Thunderbird Special V8 — a 312-cubic-inch powerplant originally rated a 248 horsepower, but now with an Edelbrock 573 triple-deuce manifold and a trio of Demon carburetors. Included in the deal are the original manifold, factory (Holley) four-barrel carburetor, valve covers, air cleaner and four-blade fan should a buyer desire to take the engine back to way it was when the car left the dealership.

The seller says the Ford-O-Matic (automatic) transmission was rebuilt and the car has traveled less than 500 miles since the trans was reinstalled.694883_20794060_1957_Ford_Fairlane+500

The ad says the car is in excellent mechanical and electrical condition, as are the glass and chrome. Alternator, wipers, power steering kit, radiator shroud, fan and AM/FM/cassette are upgrades but the original radio comes with the car.

Technically, the colors of this car are Silver Mocha Metallic and Inca Gold with a brown and gold interior.

“This beautifully restored Fairlane runs and drives like new and is ready for use as a daily driver or entered into a local or regional car show,” the seller claims.

The advertisement says the odometer shows some 15,800 miles (we’re guessing that’s post-restoration mileage).

The car is available for $30,000 or best offer, which doesn’t seem out of line when you consider that while the Hagerty Price Guide Report doesn’t have a figure on a ’57 Fairlane 500 Club Vic coupe, it shows an average value of $21,571 for ’57 Fairlane 500 Club Victorias with a 292 cid T’bird engine and $22,572 for a ’57 Fairlane 500 four-door sedan with the 312 powerplant.

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