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Matt Harwood

1957 Ford Custom 300

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First, some of you may recognize this car, which comes from the collection of one of our fellow board members. If you know the car or the man, you already know both are exceptional. But I would also ask that you refrain from naming names because privacy is one of things my clients pay me to preserve. Thanks!

 

Now about this stunning Ford. Someone might have ordered this car in 1957 because they wanted a muscle car but muscle cars hadn't been invented yet. It is uncompromising in its brutality, featuring a code A Raven Black exterior, the least expensive (but also lightest and stiffest) body style, and zero options save for the dual quad Thunderbird Special under the hood. Oh, and it has been restored to be the very best in the world--this is a true #1 quality car in every possible way. It just won its AACA Senior National first prize award in 2018 so it is extremely fresh and very accurately done. No Ford in 1957 had paint this deep, and as you can see in the reflections, the bodywork underneath is nearly flawless, and I only say "nearly" because someone, someday might find a flaw--I have not. The chrome and stainless was all restored to show standards as well, surely better than new, and it is so carefully assembled that the doors swing closed on their own with the exact amount of force required to latch them properly, no more, no less. The basic interior is also new and was recently upgraded with a cool vinyl slip cover for the front seat, just in case you want to drive it. The upholstery is correct and as a no-frills 300, the floors are covered in rubber. All the gauges are fully operational and the radio works, and that seems to be the lone option in the car aside from the motor. The trunk is detailed with a correct mat and a matching spare tire with jack assembly. 

 

If you look at the data tag you will see that this car came with a 312 cubic inch V8 from the factory, not an inline-6 like most of its siblings. The dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors, the linkage, the intake, and all the other parts are correct and probably worth $6-8000 all by themselves. The engine bay is highly detailed, including a reproduction battery, yellow top coil, and a variety of inspection markings and tags. It starts quickly and easily and runs great, although the idle is a little fussy and we're trying to tune that a bit better. It has a 3-speed manual, which is the only proper choice, and manual steering and brakes are part of the package. The chassis is exceptionally well detailed and shows almost zero signs of use, although it does have a few test and tune miles on it. Everything is new, it tracks straight, shifts cleanly, and stops true. Painted steel wheels, dog dish hubcaps, and blackwall bias-ply tires complete the street-brawler look. 

 

This is a KILLER car. It's big, it's black, and it's bad. It has swagger and a nasty attitude. It's also gorgeous and ready to compete at any level. If you drive it, I suspect that you'll find that it's more than a handful for a lot of fast cars and would probably put the hurt on, say, Chevy's Black Widows. I LOVE this car. It is everything it appears to be and more, and when you show up driving this car, you are unquestionably The Man. It's $59,900, but before you start to say that's too much money for a 1957 Ford 300, remember that's about half the cost to make it look like this, never mind the cost of buying the car. There's enough testosterone in this car to grow hair on a bowling ball. Are you up to it? 


Thanks for looking.

 

Punk.

 

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Note that this car does not have overdrive.

 

Not an Amos Minter restoration, Don, but every bit as nice. I just can't stop looking at this car. Someone spent money all out of proportion to what it is to make it almost perfect (and you know that's not a word I throw around lightly).

 

 

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3 minutes ago, motoringicons said:

I love the understated and aggressive appearance of this car. It certainly has "the look".

Kinda makes you wanna blow down a country road with the trunk full of whiskey....

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1 hour ago, keiser31 said:

Kinda makes you wanna blow down a country road with the trunk full of whiskey....

But they went and made her to pretty to do that.  

Beautiful car though. 

I've always liked the alternative to the fully loaded models you always see at the shows. 

 

 

On 1/30/2019 at 9:47 PM, Matt Harwood said:

There's enough testosterone in this car to grow hair on a bowling ball. Are you up to it? 

Now that's just too funny. 

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I can picture Robert Mitchum driving this.................., very fast, with a Lucky Strike in the corner of his mouth, and a Mason jar of bootleg in his lap. Revenuer's far behind.

 

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4 hours ago, Ed Luddy said:

I can picture Robert Mitchum driving this.................., very fast, with a Lucky Strike in the corner of his mouth, and a Mason jar of bootleg in his lap. Revenuer's far behind.

 

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That was the first thing I thought when I laid eyes on the ad.   Thunder Road. 

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