1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner
The 1957 Fords were an exceptionally distinctive year with exclusive styling touches. So when you can find a Fairlane 500 Sunliner convertible that's been restored to such a period-correct standard (just look at even the V8!), then you know this is the right one for true distinctive cruiser lovers. This is arguably one of the sleekest classic Ford styles around. It was the debut of the long tailfin, and the single headlight design exclusive to the '57s has an almost frenched look. But what's really impressive is that it's a minor miracle this droptop looks so good and all the intricate pieces are complete. And as you dig deeper into this Sunliner, you realize it's cut-above presentation is no accent. There have been investments in a restoration so that the Colonial Cream Yellow paint has an exceptional gloss and luster Ã¢â‚¬â€œ exactly what you want in a sunshine-friendly convertible. It gives this classic a premium attitude that's continued on the details like the rear fender skirts and the color-matched wheel covers. And of course, the brightwork is key on a cool '50s cruiser. There's been plenty invested to give it a mirror-like presentation on the wraparound chrome bumpers, full-width grille, and all the pieces surrounding the windshield. But the most unique shine is the side trim. Not only does the full-length silver and gold streak give this a sporty style, but it also neatly integrates the extra-long tailfin. So you know this one came from an era when stylists ruled the automakers. With the touch of a button, the tan roof folds down to reveal a cream interior. You can instantly tell they spent plenty during the restoration to get it looking this good, and on a car that's meant to be open to the world, that's especially important. The seats, door panels, dash, and carpeting have a feeling of freshness that's quite inviting. The view from behind the wheel is pure 1950s cool. Ford's arching instrument panel is a great-looking piece of industrial design, complete with plenty of bright trim to accentuate the dash. And the whole presentation looks period-correct right down to the heat/defrost sliders and the AM radio that's on display. You'll even like the period-correct Sears aftermarket air conditioner that has been converted to give you provisions for modern R134a. Under the hood is a great-looking powerplant that continues this Fairlane's factory-like appearance. The correct D-code 312 cubic-inch V8 was known as the "Thunderbird Special" in '57, and so those valve covers have been earned. It has a fresh appearance that takes it back to the day it left the Long Beach factory in '57 with features like the original-style radiator and the correct washer bag. Topped with a four-barrel carburetor, the big V8 delivers smooth performance and plenty of torque to move the big convertible without working very hard. Plus, the two-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and more modern Michelin tires all come together for a great classic cruising package. Complete with maintenance records, this is a the restored and rare droptop classic that has a sunny disposition to match its Sunliner name. Don't miss out on this great all-around classic, call today!