RARE SHORT-BODY 300, WINDSOR STROKED TO 427 CI, TREMEC 5-SPEED, UNIQUE SLEEPER!!
This 1957 Ford Custom 300 is one heck of a gnarly little sleeper, which are our favorite kind of cars around here. The build started with a light body, stuffed with 427 cubic inches of stroked Windsor, backed with a 5-speed, and hid it all under a low-key black and white paint job. Ultra-clean and ready to rock, this one's a heartbreaker.
With a very low survival rate, these short-body Fords are none too easy to find, but you can see that they make great cruisers. Perfect proportions work with some fantastic trim combinations and a great color scheme to make it look elegant and brutal at the same time, like a heavyweight boxer in a tuxedo. It has the moves of an athlete, too, and thanks to a fairly comprehensive restoration, it delivers on the show field as well as the street. Bodywork is more than good enough for the glossy black paint, and despite being restored in the early '00s, it still shows remarkably well with only minor signs of use. The minimalist brightwork certainly helps with the look, and the contrast between the black and white finishes is striking to say the least. You'll also dig the simple red taillights set into body-colored nacelles, emphasizing the 300's no-nonsense appearance. The chrome that is on the car, however, is in excellent condition and provides just the right contrast.
The interior was also comprehensively restored and given a few updates to make it a joy to drive. The factory seats were rebuilt, including new foam, before being finished in black vinyl with a '50s pattern. Matching door panels were created at the same time and all new carpets were installed. More recently, the dash was removed and refinished, the wiring was replaced, and a set of expensive Auto Meter gauges were professionally installed. It's pre-wired for a stereo system, including a pair of 6x9 speakers on the rear package shelf, but the builder liked the sound of the engine so much he never installed a radio, so it uses a block-off plate for a clean look. It was also pre-wired for A/C if that's something you think you'd like to add at some point. The Hurst cue ball shifter looks butch sticking out of the transmission tunnel, and the original steering wheel feels substantial going down the road. There's also a gargantuan trunk that's outfitted with a mat and space-saver spare, just in case.
For power, they took a 351 Windsor V8 and bored and stroked it to a more notorious 427 cubic inches. Topped with dual quads and finned valve covers, it has that old-school horsepower look that's intimidating as hell. Beautifully finished, it almost looks like it could have come that way from the factory, and it was obviously built with a vintage performance look in mind. Backed by a Tremec 5-speed, it's ferocious on the street but even with 3.70 gears in the 9-inch rear, it's docile and easy-going on the highway. A custom Flowmaster exhaust system sounds predatory with all those cubes exhaling through it and the suspension doesn't seem to mind the major horsepower injection. Clean, well-sorted, and with a surprisingly nice ride, this is a car you can drive every day without noticing how fast it really is. And those steel wheels and plain hubcaps with 235/75/15 blackwall radials certainly help with the industrial-strength look.
Nobody will see you coming in this awesome sleeper, and you'll probably find that it's also a very easy car to drive. Great looks and lots of speed, you just can't go wrong here. Call now!
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Rear End
- Ford 9" 3.70
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