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Ward Cleaver in his ’57 Ford Custom 300

From season one, episode 17 of Leave It to Beaver, entitled “The Paper Route,” here’s Ward’s 1957 Ford Custom 300. This episode first aired on January 31, 1958. My Dad had a white Ford just like this, except it was a Tudor (as Ford called them back then, as opposed to a Fordor). Oh, and the whitewall tires. No way would Dad pay extra for those!

’57 Meteor Rideau 500 (Canadian)

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    UP IN CANADA THE CUSTOM 300 WAS THE “METEOR”. I THINK I REMEMBER THERE WAS A SUBTILE DIFFERENCE IN THE GRILL. FUNNY THE STUF THAT POPS TO THE MEMORIES SURFACE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I WAS JUST A KID AND CAN STILL RECALL MY STEP FATHER POINTING IT OUT TO ME.

    • Jim Corbran

      Joe, Meteor was actually a whole separate nameplate. It was a Canadian-only version of the Ford, which was sold at Mercury dealers. There was also a Canadian-only version of the Mercury, called the Monarch, which was sold at Ford dealers. The Meteor series names were: Niagara, Niagara 300, Rideau, and Rideau 500. They paralleled the Ford Custom, Custom 300, Fairlane, and Fairlane 500 series.

  • uncabobbo

    My dad always sprang for whitewalls on his big boat oldsmobiles. It was a weekend ritual making sure they were spotless too. Next set of tires for my Chevy Aveo I’m thinking that maybe…oh, forget it.

  • Joseph Coppola

    YEAH! WHITEWALLS! MY STEPFATHER HAD A ’64 OLDS 88 WITH THOSE FRIGGIN’ WHITEWALLS! I WAS SCRUBBIN’ THOSE WHITEWALLS WITH AJAX 2 TO 3 TIMES A WEEK.