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Ford Fairlane (1957)

Ford Fairlane (1957)

Widely regard as one of the most stylish cars of the time, the 1957 Ford didn't excel in ostentatious chrome and fins like other manufacturers, though neither did it abstain completely. It had little wing peaks at the rear highlighted with chrome trim which ran along the side to break up the bodywork. The headlamps were peaked, like many other models of the era, but the grille and fender were surprisingly plain, and the fuss-free appearance made the car look both wider and lower. This car features much of the original running gear, though the suspension has been lowered by fitting shorted coils in the front and axle blocks at the rear, and at each corner there now sits low-profile tyres on new 15-inch (381mm) chrome wheels to improve handling. The engine is the top option 1957 Thunderbird engine, but with an extra 10bhp (7kW) out through a better exhaust.

Ford Fairlane (1957) Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:312 ci (5,112cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:255 bhp (190 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:354 lb ft (480 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,400 lb (1,545 kg)
Economy:12.4 mpg (4.38 km/I)
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