solid and 19 two-tone body color combinations dictate a wide choice
in upholstering motif for individual taste; the new Ford line boast
37 different fabric-color upholstery combinations. Seat cloth
is nylon backed with latex for longer wear. Solid vinyl is
also available in crush grain or pleats. Floor covering is
color matched in vinyl, looped rayon and ribbed linoleum, the latter
for Station Wagon models.
Choices for '57! Three V8's and a "mileage-maker"
six are offered for '57, each with major engineering changes, including
higher compression ratios, freer breathing, new ignition and better
muscle man of this group is the Thunderbird Special V8, available
as an optional engine in any model; it is not standard on any ford.
It's a big 312-cubic-inch engine, with 3.80-inch bore and
3.44-inch stroke. Using a compression ratio of 9.7 to 1, it
unleashes 245 hungry horse (at 4500 rpm) that are fed by a special
low silhouette four-venturi carburetor.
in line is the Thunderbird V8, a 292-cubic-inch (2.75 bore and 3.30
stroke) engine 9.1 to 1 compression ratio. When it's used
with Fordomatic it's rated at 212 horsepower at 4500 rpm; with a
standard box, it rates at only 206. A two-venturi card is
used, regardless of transmission. This engine is standard
on the Fairlanes and Station Wagons.
little brother of these power mills is a 190-horse V8 that's used
in the Custom and Custom "300" series. It's The
smallest V8, being 272 cubic-inch, with 3.62 bore and 3.30 stroke.
Compression ratio is 8.6 to 1. A double-barrel carb is used.
there probably are fewer and fewer buyers looking for economy.
Ford still provides a 223-cubic-inch six that gives a healthy 144
horsepower at 4200 rpm. It is available on all models.
The new V8's sport a larger intake manifold, bigger and higher-lifting
intake valves, and a recontoured camshaft. Each is equipped
with a new dry-type carburetor air filter and a redesigned carburetors
for more efficient fuel distribution.
new exhaust system, on all but the 245-hp models, combines an exhaust
pipe extending back from each manifold, the through a "Y"
and ending in a single muffler. The complete dual setup is
still retained on the Thunderbird Special engine and is obviously
What About Roadability? With a car as new as this, we were
more than anxious to see what kind of roadability was built into
it, especially in view of an obviously lowered center of gravity.
We started our roadability test on exceptionally rough roads and
noticed a definite improvement in spring and shock action over the
'56. It is fairly softly sprung, but good shocks tend to control
any baby buggy motion. Road noises are very effectively dampened,
as is road shock transfer to the steering wheel. Live rubber
mounts are used at 20 places between body and frame.
rather smooth roads, we noticed a minimum nose dip when braking.
The brakes seemed smooth and positive, although we will have to
wait until later tests to determine their fade resistance factor.
New outboard-mounted rear springs are two inches longer than on
the '56 model. This extra length is ahead of the rear axle
and materially aids in reducing front end dive on quick stops.
ball-joint front suspension boasts single-unit upper and lower arm
construction. Hinged with live rubber bushings, these arms
are swept back in a modified trailing arm manner. Wheel motion
is now upward and reward which, in effect, causes the wheel to be
pulled rather pushed over a bump