Car Lust: 1957: It Was A Very Good Year!

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1957: It Was A Very Good

by That Car Guy on December 31, 2009

the Car Lust lust list of automotive years. whether or bad. we now come to the era of the Drive-In the Drive-In restaurant, the sock Marlon Brando, leather greasy hair, Inspiration short skirts, and, oh some pretty amazing and stuff!

• 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air • Has ever been a more American car than a ’57 You see them now at large and small shows, sometimes trailered to the They are a favorite restoration on Hot Rod TV shows.#0160; Today, you can buy a brand new ready to roll, for just .

I guess my favorite ’57 would be the Nomad. It’s a big car looks like a small at least to me, anyway. I really the Corvette had been offered as a variant. Speaking of the Corvette.

• 1957 Corvette • The 283-cubic V-8 was offered with a revolutionary injection system that the car one horsepower per cubic inch, more. A full 240 cars sold with it. A 4-speed was offered, and suspension tweaks the car truly world-class. The Corvette, as a sports/performance car, had finally of age.

• Elvis Presley • Was a car or even a trim package? No. But he them and he had them. 1957 was the the 22-year-old wrote a $100,000 for Graceland to shelter his family the invasion of well-meaning but increasingly fans. He built a garage the mansion to house his growing of Cadillacs. motorcycles, a Bronco. a Stutz or two, and eventually a with special tracks for the Whitehaven lawn.

• 1957 Eldorado Brougham Series 70 • A Cadillac with rear doors? Yes! Only 400 of were ever made, and one commanded a king’s ransom of (a 1957 Cadillac limousine passenger divider was just One was featured briefly in Driving Daisy .

These cars had stainless roofs, no center post, and horn outlets, each under a pair of headlights, were very rare in Cadillac did everything they to make this the finest car produced. They may have

• Ford Skyliner Retractable • So, so far ahead of its time! Where today’s Mazda Miata. BMW Mercedes-Benz SLK320, and others be it? This is a ’58 model, but it was in 1957.

In the pre-transistor era, its with 10 power relays, 10 switches, four lock three drive motors, circuit breakers, and 610 feet of wire could raise or the top in about 40 seconds— when it

• The Edsel • On Sept. 4, 1957, rolled this icon out to the The unique grille and push-button did little to woo buyers, and the rest of the speaks for itself. What this a great event? all the great jokes, of course!

• Toyota/ Toyopet • On October 31, Toyota came to America just two models, the truckish Cruiser and a car, the Crown. tried the same approach 30 later with the Rocky and but perhaps we can say that Toyota’s has been much more

Over on the east side of The Big a little company named was getting its feet wet. first production street the Type 14 Elite . came Some call the car the Most road car ever built, and good reason.

It was also the car built in monocoque fiberglass a steel frame to tip the scales as as possible. In 1984, it was Where’s the In 1957, it was Where’s the frame?

Lotus’ Seven was also in 1957, and remains in production known since 1973 as the This car pioneered the kit car type offered as completely disassembled and did not need a donor car. were offered in kit form to new car taxes.

Earlier, I mentioned Brando, leather jackets, and hair. Well, to make image complete and become a Wild One, you could now add a Harley-Davidson Sportster to your 1957 gave birth to truly all-American legend, name and tradition still proudly today.

The 883cc V-Twin had 55 horsepower. It was built 1972 when it was enlarged to then replaced entirely in by Harley-Davidson’s Evolution engine.

The Japanese motorcycles sold in back then were. there weren’t any that I can In 1957, Honda introduced first twin-cylinder motorcycle, the 250cc OHC four-stroke C70 Dream, to markets, but they did not open here for two more years.

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•The Mackinac Opened on November 1, 1957, it the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of The Mighty Mac took 3½ years to since construction had to be halted the winters. Five men were building it.

Though the bridge impressive from any angle, a little-known fact that 75% of structure is actually hidden water. From shoreline to it is 5 miles long, and cost million to build.

Another bridge opened in theaters in The Bridge on the River Kwai its way to receive seven Academy including Best Picture.

The 747 came in 1969, but 1957 the amazing 707. John owns this plane, a 707 . repainted to look like a jet. He parks it at his front

By the way, QANTAS stands for And Northern Territory Aerial should you ever be asked that while you’re on #0160;#0160;

1957 was an All-American Year, the type we’ll see again as as this economic mess up.#0160;

Happy New Year!

—That Car Guy (Chuck)

Wikipedia information and images for this The Eldorado Series 70 photo is Cadillac Photos-1957. and the The Sportster is from How Things Work , also supplied technical The Corvette image is from

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