John North's 1957 Ford
John purchased the Ford brand new in 1957, and it was immediately sent off for a restyling. It came with an E-Code engine with two four barrels carburetors, and a manual transmission mounted on the floor. At Riverside Auto Body the car was nosed, decked, and raked before it was dressed up with lake pipes.
The Joe Bortz Collection
In August of 2018 Bortz decided to advertise the old Connecticut custom for sale. At the time, the paint and the gold leaf scallops were 95% original as done in 1957. The white tuck and roll interior was also completely original as done in 1957. The White Pearl was advertised for sale on eBay again in July of 2020. It was listed with a US $56,500 Buy it Now price. Click here to check out the auction listing.
Magazine Features and Appearances
Rod & Custom July 1957
Custom Cars December 1958
Car Speed and Style June 1959
Rodding & Re-styling June 1959
Car Craft July 1959
Custom Rodder July 1959
Custom Cars November 1959
Rod Builder November 1959
Car Craft January 1960
Hot Rod Magazine January 1960
Hot Rod Magazine August 1960
Rod Builder Annual 1960
Old Cars News & Market Place, June 15, 2006
Automobile Magazine September 2006
Hot Rod Deluxe Annual 2011
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