Ford Station Wagon
Ford’s reputation as a leading car manufacturer was dramatically boosted with the introduction of its all-new models for 1957, which boasted all-new “Equaflair” styling by George W. Walker. Longer and lower than ever before, their fresh and crisp styling incorporated a full-width rectangular grille, dramatic bright accents and a pair of fashionable tailfins or “high-canted” rear fenders, as Ford called them.
The 1957 Ford Station Wagon line was particularly stylish and successful, offered with five body styles in two- and four-door form and three levels of trim, mirroring the Custom, Custom 300 and Fairlane 500 models. Equipped with a wide range of powertrain options ranging from the base-level inline six through three muscular 312 cubic inch V8 engines, the Ford station wagons suited a multitude of requirements. For the performance-minded, even a sporty two-door Ranch Wagon could be ordered in 1957 with the famed E-Code 312 cubic inch V8 engine which pumped out 270 hp, thanks to a 9.7:1 compression ratio and a pair of Holley four-barrel carburetors mounted on a special intake manifold.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
270 bhp, 312 cu. in. “Thunderbird Special” V8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel