These days, Coyote swaps are all the rage, as the modern powerplant makes an excellent choice for those wanting to add a bit of power and reliability to their older rides. We’ve seen this particular motor used in everything from a 1949 Tudor to a 1952 Ford pickup and just about everything in between, and it’s also precisely what powers this very nice 1957 Ford Custom 300 that’s currently up for auction over at Bring a Trailer.
From the outside, one might be hard-pressed to tell what’s going on under the hood, however, as this two-door 1957 Ford Custom 300 looks fairly stock, save for its subtle black 15-inch steel wheels and chrome caps, which are wrapped with 225/75 Dextero DHT2 tires. Otherwise, it’s mostly stock, albeit with a repaint and the addition of dual exhaust, which provides some hint as to what powers this particular classic.
The same goes for the red and white two-tone interior, which looks mostly original save for a four-spoke billet steering wheel and a RetroSound radio. That means there’s still a bench seat up front, along with manual windows, an analog clock, and all of the original instrumentation.
Pop the hood, however, and it becomes immediately clear that this ’57 Ford is not original, because it’s powered by the aforementioned naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which has been dressed up a bit with a chrome air intake and cone filter, along with a chrome brake booster and master cylinder, a Champion Cooling Systems aluminum radiator, and an adjustable fuel pressure regulator.
That powerplant is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end, while four-wheel disc brakes provide stopping power. Altogether, it’s a very nice, subtle package – the kind of car that would be fantastic for weekend cruises and cars and coffee meets.