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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’57 Ford Fairlane Club Victoria, Lewiston, N.Y.

Perhaps because you can’t walk 20 steps at an old car show without tripping over a 1957 Chevy, many people tend to forget that 1957 was one of the few years in modern automotive history where Ford outsold the bowtie brand from GM. Maybe it was the cleaner lines, or perhaps the two different wheelbase offerings, that helped drive cars like this 1957 Ford Fairlane Club Victoria to the top of the sales chart. Ford offered the base Custom series, and the Custom 300 with a 116 inch wheelbase, while the pricier Fairlane and Fairlane 500’s added two inches (see them all here).  Ford’s ’57s were total redesigns, while the Chevy was in its final year for the basic car which was introduced in 1955. This red and white beauty is For Sale in a Lewiston yard. (A lot of fender-shirted classics for sale these days!)

from the brochure

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know...

  • Max Planck

    I was also taken by the 57 Ford’s lines and as a kid, it was among my favorite model car kits. That car was also featured in the film “Thunder Road,” which told the story about the pre-Nascar, back roads “moonshine” runners in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee with Robert Mitchum in the leading role. Great film, great car.