Buying a car in 1957

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  1. d barham

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    A94E3372-3839-4E57-B120-400690A32F2A.jpeg Found this a while back. This was my dad’s car when he married mom. 4 door 1957 Chevy bel-air hard top. The trade in at the bottom of the ticket is particularly amusing.
     
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    What’s it say about the trade at the bottom all I see is

    1953 ford
     
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    1953 Ford and a Holstein cow.
     
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    That’s awesome!

    Does it say what value he got for the trade
     
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    Back then a good cow mighta been worth more than that ‘53 Ford.
     
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    Did the Ford tow the cow or vice-versa?
     
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    Mighty kind of them to throw in that oil filter with the V8 engine.....
     
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    There was a time when the oil filter wasn't standard equipment.

    I thought that time ended with the 1955 model year though.
     
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    This was the Ozarks in the 50's. We may have been a little behind the times. After all, we used cows for currency.
     
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    BAM!
     
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    This would be @'57... the family rig, off for our annual holiday to go fishing...

    It was my grand Dad's drive which got passed down to us...:)

    standard 8 dad's first car bigger1.jpg
     
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    That automobile looks incredible!

    Talk about the family Ute!
     
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    it's an Austin/Morris Standard 8 model, I don't know what year it was made...

    I think dad made that canvas top for it...
     
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    it was like this one I just found, a '46 with an open top and the wooden sides on the back...

    we kids sat on a bench of padded wood put across the ute well....

    standard 8 ute '46.jpg
     
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    Now thats a camping fishing vehicle. My Dad would have loved that. We lived in Sacramento near the Sacramento River, CALIfornia. WE ALWAYS had poles in the car. If there was a slough, river, lake during our journey; line in the water. Stripped bass,bass, ,large & small, catfish yuck, and my favorite, Trout. Looks like your family knew how to have great fun.
     
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    Not a bad deal!!!
     
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    Maybe the salesman was so accustomed to the extra charge for the filter he hadn't noticed the change.

    I remember some cars being sold without grease fittings, and you had to have some installed before you could do a lube job. Oil Bath airfilters, 6 volt charging systems, no radio; no heater. Untinted window glass - glass that was not safety glass! A lot of things we consider strange today.

    Metal bladed cooling fans with no shrouds - powered off the crankshaft that would cut any cat that went to sleep under the hood into pieces.
     
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    I remember looking at the invoice for a new 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport, with all the options, which came to $4,000. The price of a top-shelf Chevy had doubled from 1957 to 1964! The 1964 had Innovations: lap belts, PosiTrac, amber turn signal lenses, four on the floor, and a 427.

    In 1977, I bought my first new car, a Toyota Corona wagon, for $5,600. My second new car was a 2002 Prius, for $22,000, and my final new vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Tundra for $30,000. All were great.

    My most recent purchase, a few months ago, was a 2014 Honda CR-V with 109,000 miles and a salvage title, for $8,900. I hope I’m getting wiser.
     
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    In 1953, a Chevy was a low rent, budget minded person's choice of car. Or rather, not what they wanted but what they could manage, hopefully, to pay for.

    The 1955-56-57 Chevies were a part of a transformation of the Chevy marque into something that was aspirational, at least the hardtops and the convertible. But within the ranks of GM, FoMoCo and Chrysler Corp., EVERYTHING was all new for '57 except the Thunderbird, Lincoln Mark II and some would say the Corvette -- Except for the '57 Chevy. Pontiac, Olds, Buick and Cadillac all got the longer lower cars with the twin headlights - but the intended '57 Chevy (what you know as the '58 Chevy) couldn't be made ready and so Robert Cumberford was ordered to pen a rebody of the '55-'56 platform. Everyone was very concerned it would be beaten to shreds by the new '57 Plymouths, Dodges, Fords and Mercuries, so they piled all sorts of optional accessories into the '57 Chevy at very little cost to the customer. And some shoppers were smart enough to walk past the swoopy new Virgil Exner designs and buy a fairly reasonably priced new car, loaded, for the same price as a less well equipped bloaty new '57 Ford.

    By '64, GM was in command of the market again and IMO they exploited the good will the Chevy acquired in '55-'57 and the high end Chevy prices were seriously inflated. IMO a lot of the cars didn't actually change price all that much, '57 to '64. Many times it was all that equipment people were putting in cars by then.
     
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    Going on the shape and angle of the grill, I'm guessing 33-35.
     
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