LIMA — The Ford Fairlane 500 was Ford’s new top-line series during the ‘50’s. In 1957, the car was longer, lower and wider with tailfins jutting from the back. Ford beat Chevy in 1957 model-year production during this year. The 1957 Fairlane 500 engine was basically a 1956 engine tuned for more power. The 1957 Fairlane 500 was introduced in five different models: “Ford goes first for ‘57 with a whole new world of magic in the revolutionary Fairlane 500 Series,” read the sales brochure. There was the Fairlane 500 Club and Town Sedan, two hardtops and a convertible. Ford was sitting pretty in the 50’s and the 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 was proof of that.
Lester Adkins, of Lima, brought this 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for five years. Adkins found it in Cleveland, GA. He says it is fun to drive and he gets a lot of looks and thumbs up when cruising down the road. This car won best in class and best of show awards.