Auto columnist Greg Zyla responds to this message: Greg, I read with interest your recent article on the 1957 Ford. Back in 1957 and 1958, I managed a Ford dealership in Socorro, N.M. Back then, Ford Motor Company had a special on demonstrator Fairlane 500s, complete with power windows, seats, steering and brakes. It also had air conditioning.
Q: Greg, I read with interest your recent article on the 1957 Ford. Back in 1957 and 1958, I managed a Ford dealership in Socorro, N.M. Back then, Ford Motor Company had a special on demonstrator Fairlane 500s, complete with power windows, seats, steering and brakes. It also had air conditioning.
I bought one, and to this day I still have it. (See photo.) My ’57 Ford has always been in running condition, and I just replaced the fuel pump, cleaned the carb and replaced the battery. It is still in like-new condition and doesn’t get driven too much.
My family and I owned a Ford dealership in Belen, N.M., for 34 years, and I still have our 1935 demonstrator, our 1941 service truck, a ’31 Model A Town Sedan, a ’32 Town Sedan and a ’65 Mustang that is basically still brand new.
I though this would be of some interest to you and your readers, and you’ll have to excuse my handwriting as these 87-year-old fingers don’t work well anymore! Sincerely, Art Leopold, Albuquerque, N.M.
A: Art, thanks for a great letter and your kind words. First and foremost, of all the Ford lovers who have written me in the past 35 years, none can boast of an original all-Ford collection like you currently have. Your ’57 Ford is beautiful, and the shot of the antique Fords and the tractor is priceless. I also notice a Lincoln Towne Car in your garage (in front of the ’57), so it sure looks like you’ve got some great Ford-produced vehicles.
Of note to my readers is a copy of the official price list from the 1957 Ford Fairlane that Art included in his letter. The final price was $2,711.61, which included a deduction of the demo allowance of $1,050. The base price was $1,693.21 for the Fairlane 500 four-door Town Sedan, with notable options featuring backup lights for $5.62, tinted glass for $22.80, Ford-O-Matic transmission for $133.10 and a Style Tone package for $15.15.
Continued fun with your Ford vehicles, Art, and let us know if you add to your collection.
Greg Zyla writes weekly on collector cars and auto nostalgia for GateHouse Media and welcomes reader input at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.