Like many fans of classic Ford cars, we enjoy perusing the listings at major auctions like Mecum to see exactly what’s going up for sale, even though we have no intention of buying. It’s sort of like window shopping for car guys and gals. We ran across a very cool car going up for sale via Mecum Auctions in Glendale March 11th to the 14th. The car is a 1957 Ford Custom 300 Ranch Wagon, and it’s a hot rod that you certainly don’t see every day. We love the bright red paint with faux wood grain trim on the side.
The car has been completely restored, and it’s more restomod than factory true restoration. It has a rebuilt 460 cubic-inch high-performance engine backed up by a three-speed automatic transmission. The engine ditched its old carburetor and replaced it with a Sniper electronic fuel injection system. Underneath that fuel injection system sits an Edelbrock Victor 460 intake, and the engine has a serpentine pulley system.
One glance at the under-hood images shows plenty of polished components, including a polished aluminum radiator. The old 50s brake system was replaced with Wilwood power disc brakes, and the car rolls on a lowered custom suspension. Other features include a custom speedometer, tachometer, and other custom gauges and a custom tilt steering column.
To make the vehicle more enjoyable to drive, it was retrofitted with custom power steering and a custom steering wheel. The very attractive red and black interior is the result of custom work by Ron Magnus. The wheels are 17-inch B/G custom alloys and they’re shod with modern tires. While the 1957 Ford Custom 300 Ranch Wagon is listed as a star of the auction, Mecum offers no indication of what it expects the car to go for. One of the last cool cars that we talked about that was heading for auction at Mecum was last year when a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 was going up for sale.