This '57 Fairlane is "Lost In The 50's"

photos and text by
Gary Rosier
 
Fred and Rosalie Doerflein of New Smyrna Beach, Fl own this 1957 Ford Fairlane 500. Fred was born in 1950 so remembers this time period of cars and was particularly intrigued by this one because of its period look. The 50's "Spot Lights", fuzzy dice, glass-packs, tuck and roll style interior, lake pipes and "Flying Goddess" hood ornament blew him away he said!
 
He found the car advertised on E-Bay over 4 years ago out of Michigan. The owner had passed and her husbands car-club friends put it up for sale for her. It was just sitting there in the garage for several years she said and decided it was time to let it go.
 
 
Fred was quick to point out that these cars out-sold the Chevy's of that time period. I looked it up in Wikipedia, sure enough; these cars became the best selling car in America at the time, overtaking the arch rival Chevrolet's for the first time since 1935! 
 
The mainstream Ford line-up of cars grew larger in 1957, although they still retained the single headlamp but were unmistakable with their long tail-fins and rear quarters. The Fairlane 500, like this one, was Fords top-of-the-line model.
 
Fred said that while it was a driver, he had to replace the trans with a Ford AOD Transmission ( a three speed with overdrive). While the original engine was long gone, in its place is now a 1974 302cu in engine. Power steering was added next as well as disc brakes up front with 4 piston Wildwood calipers. A LeCarra "Banjo" Style steering wheel was added too for its eye appeal. 15 inch wheels (Legends) were added all around shod with P215/75R15's and Cokers "wide whites" to complete that 50's theme. New carpet inside, a Tilt column, as well as a Vintage A/C unit updated the creature comforts. A Kenwood stereo CD, Sirius XM and new speakers (Alpine) helps him listen to those golden oldies while cruising around.
 
 
Cruise he does too as he travels regularly up to New Jersey (Parsippany) for their local car show there called Lead East. Many years over the road as a Snap-On-Tool dealer (25 years) he says, gave him plenty of time to dream about one day owning a 50's classic. With its "57 Frenzy" script and fancy pin-stripping all around - it fits the bill perfectly he says. He loves to attend all the local shows and get "Lost in the 50's" all over again- its his fountain of youth he says with a laugh!
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