Ford Fairlane 500 Supercharged Victoria Coupe
For 1957, Ford offered four different engines in six stages of tune. At the entry level was a 223-cubic inch Mileage Maker overhead-valve six. There were three sizes of V-8s, displacing 272, 292 and 312 cubic inches. Ford described the 272 as “basic,” but the others were “Thunderbird” V-8s, whether installed in a Thunderbird or a Ford passenger car. The 312 was “Thunderbird Special” and came in three guises, a single-carb 245 bhp version, dual-quad 270 bhp or supercharged 300 bhp unit with a Paxton centrifugal blower. Most superchargers were found in Thunderbirds, but Ford advertised it as “available in any series.” True to their word is this supercharged Fairlane Victoria hardtop coupe, which has the highest specification V-8 available that year.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
300 bhp, 312 cu. in. supercharged OHV V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"
Source: RM Auctions
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