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RealRides of WNY #2453 ......................... 1957 Ford Fairlane 500

December 25, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2453 ......................... 1957 Ford Fairlane 500

– growing up we had a downscale model of today’s RealRide, which is a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500. Ours wasn’t even a Fairlane, but at least the white Custom 300 in our driveway wasn’t the cheapest Custom model. There were subtle styling differences between the Fairlane & Custom lineups, perhaps the most pronounced being out back, starting with the pointy-ness of the Fairlanes’ tail fins, which began as a swoop near the rear edge of the front door below the door handle and continued on back, cresting above the taillamp. The Customs’ more modest fins started as a small rise just under the rear quarter window and continued back in a straight line, also ending over the taillight, but a bit more rounded off at the apex. The Fairlanes’ bumpers were also quite massive in comparison. (See them both below.) Unusual these days not to be a two-tone, we found this Flame Red RealRide at this past summer’s 7th Annual Park n’ the Park Car Show.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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