The mainstream Ford line of cars grew substantially larger for 1957, a model which lasted through 1959. The new chassis allowed the floor to be placed much lower, which in turn led to a lower and longer look overall. The major component of this chassis was a differential whose pinion gear was exceptionally low relative to the axleshafts, lower than in conventional hypoid differentials.
The 1957 models retained a single-headlight front end like their predecessors, but were unmistakable with their long flanks and tailfins. A plethora of trim lines was introduced, starting with the base "Custom", "Custom 300", "Fairlane", and top-line "Fairlane 500". The two Custom lines used a 116 in (2946 mm) wheelbase, while the Fairlanes had 118 in between the wheels. A new car/pickup truck hybrid based on the short-wheelbase chassis was also introduced, the Ranchero.
The 223 CID OHV Straight-6 continued, now with 144 hp. The V8 lineup included a 272 CID Y-block making 190 hp, a 292 CID Thunderbird version making 212 hp, a 312 cubic inch V8 making 245 HP and a supercharged 312 CID Thunderbird Special making 300 hp, and designated "Police Interceptor" on the glove box. A dual 4 barrel version of the naturally. aspirated (non-supercharged) 312 cubic inch V8 rated at 270 HP (some sources report 285 HP) was reportedly available, although that engine option was not listed in most Ford sedan factory literature and is more commonly associated with one of the optional Thunderbird engines. This option was dubbed "E code" and featured a unique camshaft, cylinder heads, intake manifold and various other performance enhancements. It came standard with the deep-dish steering wheel. The radio became transistorized. There were lights for the generator and oil instead of gauges. The controls became recessed for more safety. This model was very successful, being the best selling car in America, overtaking arch rival Chevrolet for the first time since 1935.
This Nicely Restored car features a 292/ 212 HP V8 mated to a 3 Speed Manual Gearbox, Power Top, Clock, Radio and Heater. The car is a great example of a period custom with Custom Pinstripes by the legendary “Bikini”. The car runs, drives, shifts, and stops very well, has a newer set of WW Radials, and is perfect for local cruise ins and long sunny Summer top down drives. The Iconic '57 Ford Convertile is a very flashy and desirable car embodying all the best of Fabulous 50's design, and this one is particularly right for the collector whose significant other is named Carol.