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57 Ford - Fireball Roberts #22

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Does anyone out there know what the original color of the interior was when Roberts was running this car for the 1957 race year?

 

I seen so many photos replicas of the car with a red interior but I cant find any information on a grey colored seat insert that was offered up with red interior for 57.

 

Im trying to get my build as accurate as I can as I want it to look like a museum display car just scaled down.

 

Below are the photos of what I have so far.  I haven't worked on the model in about a year, weather just haven't been right for mixing up my 2 part clear for the body.  Figure if I need to make changes on the interior color scheme I can do it before I do my final assembly.

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Seat - Cloth insert Decal applied - 1.jpg

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Great start. Sometimes the museum cars weren't exactly the same as the real car. Unless you can find inside color pictures of the real car from back in 1957 you're  just going to have to use an educated guess. Sometimes you can find old brochures on the internet that showed what interior colors went with what exterior colors. 

Edited by MarkJ

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2 hours ago, MarkJ said:

Great start. Sometimes the museum cars weren't exactly the same as the real car. Unless you can find inside color pictures of the real car from back in 1957 you're  just going to have to use an educated guess. Sometimes you can find old brochures on the internet that showed what interior colors went with what exterior colors. 

Thanks for the reply, that's what I thought but I was wondering if maybe someone knew.  I just don't see the car being a red interior with this greyish colored inserts.  For me the only reference material I ever was able to find is below in the forms of photos of a '57 Custom 300 with black interior.

The door panel looks to be black and white and the seat is white vinyl which I would have to scrap my seat I have as I would never be able to spray white over this black.  Personally I cant find any information online for if there was a black on black interior option in '57.  Only place I could check LeBarron Bonney that I was going to buy my interior kit for my '56 from I just found out filed for chapter 7 earlier this year and are no longer in business.  So these two photos is all I can go off of for my build.

 

I just cant see ford doing a black and white interior combo for a red and white exterior car.  I could see a black on black interior though or a black on red interior.

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None the less here are some photos of what I have done as of late last year when I finally put the kit up for the winter for better weather to clear the body.

 

57 Fairlane Custom - Body - Decal Placement - 1.jpg

57 Fairlane Custom - Body - Decal Placement - 2.jpg

57 Fairlane Custom - Body - Decal Placement - 3.jpg

57 Fairlane Custom - Body - Decal Placement - 4.jpg

57 Fairlane Custom - Body - Decal Placement - 5.jpg

Chassis - Assembled - 3.jpg

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Chassis - Assembled - 7.jpg

 

In the end my goal is to have a collection of these old nascars to show the evolution of the race cars from the 60`s through the 70`s and 80`s.

Edited by Rusty_S85

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This article says this guy built a replica of the car with the help of the family.

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ctrp-0711-fireball-grand-national/

This article shows the car being sold............there is a picture of the interior.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/HE1009-82661/1957-ford-fireball-roberts-race-car/

Edited by Vietnam Vet67

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