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Ford Fairlane 500, Green, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $19,995.
Although Ford and Chevy built virtually the same number of cars in 1957, you rarely see beautifully restored Ford Fairlane sedans like this lovely Willow Green over Colonial White cruiser. With trim proportions and that dramatic accent line that runs the length of the body, including the anodized insert up front, this Ford is an extremely stylish example of 1950s styling and design. The tail fins are mild, and you can see Ford's first flirtations with the jet-inspired styling, including the round taillights that would become a hallmark for the next decade. Paint quality is exceptional given that this is a sedan and not a convertible-someone spent a lot of money making this car look this good. Panel gaps are excellent, and considering that there are twice as many of them to align, you know that someone really loved this beautiful car. Chrome is very good, with much of it appearing to have been re-plated, including the massive bumpers and simple horizontal grille. Look a little closer and you'll notice that the Fairlane script on the nose and flanks, as well as the trunk emblem have been nicely restored and retain all their detail.
The interior wears original style code AS Green Basket-Weave Fabric and Green Sculptured Fabric, which looks highly authentic. With full-sized comfort for six, the Fairlane was as stylish inside as it was outside, and the patterns are once again the kind of thing that will make you think of our favorite colorful decade. Showing only moderate wear, the interior is crisp, bright, and nicely fitted, with the exception of the flap at the base of the driver's seat cushion, which is an easy fix. The dashboard has been painted to match, and offers a cool rounded instrument pod that is perfectly framed by the three-spoke steering wheel and its unique horn ring. The radio has been upgraded to a modern AM/FM/cassette stereo unit, but the dash was not cut to accommodate it and an original radio could be easily retrofitted. In back, the massive trunk features a full-sized spare and a correct trunk mat.
Under the hood you'll find a very nicely detailed 292 cubic-inch Y-block V8 sporting a coat of corporate orange paint and a set of Thunderbird valve covers with their distinctive script. The massive air cleaner hides the carburetor, but doesn't hinder the lovely V8 burble from the tailpipes, augmented by a set of Flowmasters. Floors are solid, and the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission shifts crisply, making this a car you can drive anywhere with confidence. It rolls on a set of newer whitewall tires on the original 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.
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Location:Charlotte, North Carolina