Engine: 312 CI
When Ford introduced the Skyliner in 1957, jaws dropped and people took notice. A retractable hardtop convertible from a mainstream manufacturer at an affordable price was big news, but the tried and true Ford Sunliner with a traditional soft cloth top remained as the go-to convertible offering from Ford. More affordable than the Skyliner, the Sunliner was also lighter and made full use of its trunk even when the top was down. The Sunliner saw over 75,000 sales in 1957, as opposed to just 20,000 Skyliners sold the same year, which largely reflected the price point of both cars and an interest in buyer traditionalism. Arguably one of the best designs ever by Ford, the 1957 model year saw healthy sales overall compared to previous years, and would actually mark a high point for a few more years. Ford offered an ocean of color combinations, options and trims allowing customers to order exactly what they wanted, which continued to bring people to Ford showrooms.
One of the more exciting offerings was the optional 312 CI V-8 engine delivering between 245 and 285 HP depending on the carburetor setup. This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner received a top-of-the-line, frame-off rotisserie restoration by Jerry Miller of Jerry’s Classic Cars in Springdale, Arkansas. Complete with the optional 312 CI V-8 engine, automatic transmission and in-dash air conditioning, it’s presented in a stunning combination of pink and mocha with a dark brown top. The interior matches with a two-tone brown-and-pink theme, and certainly the combination marks it as exceedingly rare. It’s appointed with chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires, the front bumper Vee Bar, power steering and the rocker moldings in beautiful condition.