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30 July 2016

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Lot 135

1957 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery

  • Chassis no. A7RS-119805

$75,000 - $90,000


212 bhp, 292 cu.in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission, coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5 in.

  • Superb restoration by marque expert Jerry Miller
  • Power steering, power brakes, power seat, and air conditioning
  • An exceptional example throughout


The sedan delivery, a car-based panel van, first appeared in the Ford line in 1932. Based on the two-door sedan, it had blank rear quarters and a hinged door at the back. By the late 1930s, the rear profile took on the look of the truck-based panel delivery models. The sedan delivery disappeared, however, after 1947. The 1948 model year was short, presaging the introduction of wholly new designs. The new George Walker-designed 1949 Ford was of “notchback” design and did not lend itself to delivery vehicle design, and the composite 1949–1951 steel-skeleton wood-sided station wagons were not suitable, either. The all-steel station wagons of 1952, however, enabled a revival of the sedan delivery, a type favored by merchants like florists and high-end retailers.

Named “Ford Courier,” the new model was based on the Ranch Wagon, as Ford called the two-door wagon. Like earlier sedan deliveries, it had blank panels where the Ranch Wagon’s side quarter windows were located. For 1957, the Ranch Wagon’s liftgate and tailgate were modified into a single large upward-opening panel. Production continued through 1960, after which the Courier was supplanted by a version based on the compact Falcon. After 1965, the popularity of the cab-forward Econoline vans resulted in the discontinuation of Ford sedan delivery vehicles.

The preponderance of Ford Couriers were built in basic trim with the Mileage Maker six-cylinder engine. This California-built 1957 Courier was restored for the current owner to top-level specification by Jerry Miller Classic Cars & Restorations in Springdale, Arkansas, one of the foremost experts on ’57–’59 Fords. Stunning in base-clearcoat paint in Ford’s Raven Black, it sports gold anodized Custom 300 side trim with correct bias-ply whitewall tires on Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels with spinner caps, a concours-correct red and black vinyl interior with heat seams from LeBaron-Bonney, the optional padded dashboard, and a Town & Country signal-seeking radio. The very rare Select Aire factory air conditioning has been fitted, along with power windows and a four-way power seat.

The professional body-off restoration included installation of a 212-brake horsepower, 292-cubic inch Y-block V-8 with Ford-O-Matic transmission. Power steering and brakes were also installed. Other equipment includes twin accessory spotlight mirrors, full bumper guards, and the “hockey stick” rocker panel moldings. The undercarriage has been detailed to concours standards, and a complete photo album of the build accompanies the car.

Just 6,178 Couriers were built for 1957, and most of them were used hard and then discarded. With only test mileage since restoration, this superb, fully equipped example is one of the finest extant and highly presentable wherever it may be shown and driven.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more