1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille / Specs, Model History

The automobile featured in this article is a great looking, restored, 1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille. The 1957 Series 62 Cadillac represented the fifth generation.

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1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille

The 1950's was the decade of the car fins and Cadillac did not disappoint. Starting in the late 40's and continuing straight through the decade of the 50's, Cadillac tail fins, which were first inspired by the P-38 military airplane, would become larger and larger through the years.

This really began with the first new post war designed Cadillac's for 1948. In 1949 the most significant engineering change involved the introduction of the new overhead valve 331 cubic inch V8 engine.This worked out well for Cadillac and the benefits carried on for over a decade. The new post war design was spearheaded by Frank Hershey, working under Harley Earl, who is credited for the first tail fins on a Cadillac, and the 1955 Thunderbird.

By the 1950's Cadillac was the leader in the luxury car category. Much of this had to do with changes beginning after 1940  when Cadillac stopped producing the LaSalle. From that time on Cadillac concentrated on building only what was referred to as prestige automobiles.

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Good view of the larger tailfins

Cadillac Changes for 1957

GM's Harley Earl was the head of the design team for the new 1957 Cadillac. A major change for Cadillac in 1957 was the new tubular X-frame without side rails which resulted in lower body lines but with the same usable space.

Front end styling was changed with rubber bumper guard tips and dual, circular parking lamps set into the lower bumper area. The side trim was changed and all models had dual taillights.

Wheelbase measurements were changed with three different lengths being offered in the Eldorado sub series. The Sedan DeVille was longer  than "standard" models and the Eldorado Coupe Seville and Biarritz convertible were even larger than that.

1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille Specifications

The 1957 Cadillac Series 62 models were all given 365 cubic inch V-8's with Rochester Four Barrel Carburetors that delivered 300 horsepower.

All Cadillac for 1957 were built with Hydra-Matic drive transmissions, power breaks and power steering. These were standard equipment on all models.

Front suspension was independent coil spring and rear was longitudinal leaf spring.

Overall length for the 1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille was 215.9 inches. Wheelbase was 129.5 inches. This differed from the Series 62 Coupes and Convertibles which were five inches longer overall but with the same 129.5 inch wheelbase. Width was 80.0 inches and height 61.0 inches.

Cadillac sold a total of 146,841 units for the 1957 model year.

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57 Cadillac dash

Cadillac Collector Cars

Most automobiles and trucks from the 1950's continue to be very popular collector vehicles.

In the case of Cadillac, you have a car built by one of the oldest brands in American automobile history. Cadillac was formed in 1902 by three men who had been involved with Henry Ford. The brand is named after the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, and was sold to General Motors in 1909.

The 1957 Cadillac deVille was named one of the top-10 Cadillacs of all time by Money Inc. This was also the car that Elvis Presley reportedly purchased as a gift to his

An excellent website for Cadillac enthusiasts...http://www.cadillaccountryclub.com/   Here you will find information ranging from classics to the new Cadillac Escalade. For a list of Cadillac Car Clubs see website...http://www.carclubsworldwide.com/cadillac-car-clubs.php

The new car base price for the 1957 Cadillac Sedan deVille was about $4,900. Today the model would have a wide range of values depending on of course condition, restoration history and originality. As a rule you may be looking at $20,000 to $35,000 and up for restored models. Values also differ significantly based on exact model.

1966 Ford F-100 V-8 / Specs, All Details

The truck featured in this article is the 1966 Ford F-100 Half Ton Pickup. The fourth generation of the Ford F-Series is a line of pickup trucks and commercial trucks that were produced by Ford from October 1960.

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1966 Ford F-100

Ford F-Series Fourth Generation

In 1961, Ford introduced a new team of F-Series pickup trucks. Longer and lower than its predecessors, the trucks had larger dimensions and new engine and gearbox choices.

One of the most dramatic changes to the series was the Stylesid, which featured a new integrated cab, and box. This particular feature would end up being discontinued after a few years.

In 1966, buyers could order a basic F-100 model for $1,950. Ford offered two different fender style options as well. The Flareside option, which had the fenders outside the box, raised the truck's price to $2,069. The Styleside, which put the fenders inside the box, cost $2,085.

To create the look, the Styleside was extended forward to become part of the cab. The new configuration eliminated the gap between the bed and the cab, removing an area where trapped dirt, mud snow led to corrosion.

fourth generation ford f seriesFord felt the new design would offer a cleaner appearance and increased strength.

This 1966 Ford F-100 is a wonderful example of designers and engineers doing everything correctly.

In 1966, a new "Low Silhouette" pickup featured a single speed transfer case and mono-beam front axle.The truck sat lower than a typical 4WD pickup but had a 2 inch higher break-over point. The mono-beam front axle used coil springs and large radius arms similar to the twin I-Beam used on 2 wheel drive trucks.

Other changes for 1966 were minor and primarily cosmetic.

It was a terrific year for Ford trucks. A restyled grille was the only change of note to the 1966 F-series pickup trucks. It was the second year of the "Twin I-Beam" front suspension system where the two front axles work independently to absorb road shocks. It also holds wheel alignment which reduces tire wear.

In combination with the new Flex-O-Matic rear suspension which adjusts spring stiffness, you are guaranteed a smooth ride. Flex-O-Matic is a progressive suspension system. When the vehicle is unloaded, the suspension is designed to offer a nice ride, but as the vehicle is loaded down, more of the spring rate comes into play, firming up the suspension. They operate better than standard springs/shackles if you plan on doing any kind of hauling or towing.

While 1966 was the first year for new options such as the 360 and 390 cu. in. V8 engines, it was the last year featuring this body style. Ford's F-Series trucks were restyled for the 1967 model year.

Ford chose 1967 to introduce its next generation (5th) of F-Series pickup trucks. Body lines became more squared and flat side panels were accented with a narrow indentation, which was highlighted by a stainless molding on the Ranger models.

Truck interiors became more "plush" (by 1967 standards) with the addition of a padded dash, padded sun visors, and seat belts with shoulder anchor harnesses, all as standard equipment.

Dual brakes were introduced in 1967 but engine choices remained the same as with the 66 models.

1966 Ford F-100 Specifications

Ford manufactured its 1966 F-100 with either a 240 cubic inch, in-line six-cyinder engine, which offered 150 horsepower, or a 300 cubic inch in-line six-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower. Also, was an option for either a 360 or 390 cubic inch V8 engines.

ford f series model historyFord offered a three-speed manual transmission as its standard on the F-100. Optional transmissions included a four-speed manual, an automatic and a heavy-duty, three-speed manual. The 1966 model marked the year Ford first manufactured the F-100 in two- and four-wheel drive.

First year for "Twin I-Beam" front suspension.

There were two wheelbase lengths for 1966. These were 115.0 inches and 129.0 inches. The two-door featured a 115-inch wheelbase with a 6.5-foot box; the four-door had a 129-inch wheelbase and an 8-foot box.

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66 F-100 dash

1966 Ford F-100 Collector Valuations

The F-Series has been America's best-selling truck for the 40 consecutive years since its introduction.

Ford's F-series followed changes in how buyers perceived trucks. Pickup trucks went from being something people used only for work to actually being a style and lifestyle statement of their own. Today there is certainly a collector base for earlier F Series Pickups.

As mentioned above, the 1966 Ford F-100 came in both a 115.0 inch and a 129.0 inch wheelbase. Average weight was about 3,200 lbs.

Current 1966 Ford F-100 values range from about $16,000 to $23,000 for excellent to museum quality trucks. Prices would be well under $10,000 for F-100's in good to fair condition.

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1939 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan / Specs, Model History


The automobile featured in this article is a fine looking 1939 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan. The 1939 Fords were introduced on November 4, 1938.  Ford’s designs of the 1930's are iconic to this day for their upscale styling, standard features and high collector interest among automobile enthusiasts.

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1939 Ford Tudor Sedan

The 1939 Ford Design

There are automobile enthusiasts who contend that the 1939 Ford Deluxe was among the best looking models the Ford Motor Company ever built.

Design credit for the 1939 Fords go to legendary Ford designer Bob Gregorie along with certain styling touches by Edsel Ford.

Bob Gregorie was a yacht designer turned successful auto designer. Gregorie was named head of Ford's design department in 1935. When he retired from Ford in 1946 he returned to yacht designing. Gregorie had worked closely with Edsel Ford until the younger Ford died unexpectedly in 1943. Edsel Ford's passing eventually ushered in significant management changes at Ford Motor Company and it began Henry Ford's gradual withdrawal from the very company he founded.

1930's ford carsThe 39 Ford had a relatively long hood that included a low V shaped grille with vertical bars. Each bar has a different curve. Some maintained that the hood and grille looked somewhat like the bow of a boat. This design would last through the 1940 model year until longer and wider bodies came around in 1941.

Ford Deluxe and Standard Models

The 1939 Fords were once again divided into the Deluxe and the slightly cheaper Standard models. Whereas the new 1939 standard Fords looked very much like their previous year counterparts, Deluxe models received a more stylish front end as well as hydraulic brakes that were new for the whole line-up for the year. Model year 1939 would prove to be the last year for the floor shifted manual transmission until the popular Ford Thunderbird of 1955.

In 1939 The Ford Motor Company started using Lockheed type hydraulic brakes on their automobiles for the first time. Prior to 1939 Henry Ford believed that hydraulic brakes were essentially unsafe and was the last automaker to finally employ them. 

The 1939 Fords were once again divided into the Deluxe and the slightly cheaper Standard models.

1939 Ford Deluxe Two Door Sedan Specifications

Engines for the 1939 Ford Deluxe was a 221 cubic inch Flathead V-8.

Transmission was a floor mounted three speed manual.

Suspension was front and rear leaf springs.

Brakes were hydraulic drum.

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Fords best selling automobiles for 1939 was the Tudor and Fordor Sedans. 124,866 Standard and 144,333 Deluxe Sedans were built by Ford ranging in price from $680.00 to $745.00. Sedan options included bumper guards, radio, heater, clock, side view mirrors, deluxe hub caps and 16 inch white side wall tires.

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39 Ford Deluxe dashboard

Fords largest engine was a 90 horsepower V8 with 221 cubic inch displacement, a bore of 3 1/16 inches, a stroke of stroke, cast iron block and three main bearings. Ninety horsepower engines were used on the Model 91A.

Fords smaller 60 horsepower engine had a displacement of 136 cubic inches, a bore of 2 3/5 inches and a stroke of 3 1/5 inches. They were used on the Ford Model 922A. Both engines were fitted with Stromberg carburetors. All 39 Fords used a sliding gear three speed transmission, single dry plate clutch, shaft drive, 3/4 inch floating gear axle.

Ford built 487,000 vehicles for the 1939 model year. Out of that total 144,300 were Two Door Sedans.

The 1939 Ford Deluxe Collector Car

These vintage Fords have been favored by auto enthusiasts for decades. The 1939 convertible coupe models are considered rare cars. A total of 10,422 of the models were built for 1939. This was during a year that Ford Motor had total production of 487,000 vehicles. The Ford Deluxe was built from 1937 through 1940.

1939 fordThe very rare 1939 Ford Woody Wagon in museum condition has been known to sell at auction for north of $200,000. Total Wagon production in 1939 was only 6,155 vehicles making this a very rare collectible. You may find like condition Deluxe Sedans in the $50,000 to $60,000 range with Deluxe Convertibles garnering somewhat more. In any event, all of the 1939 Ford models that are restored to pristine condition with a high degree original parts are considered high priced vintage collector cars.

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