This is one that will make you cry. This is an old friends of mine. He bought it when he was 16. Back five years ago he lost everything, his home (makes me sick) because he has some "Issues" (the least of which he is 3 foot 9 inches tall). He didn't contact me until it was too late being proud as he is. By the time he did he was a week away from loosing this car! It was in a storage unit and a week away from them changing the lock and making it theirs. I went and paid the storage up but we had to clear out the unit of all this stuff that he wasn't going to use again. His whole house was in that unit! It took me weeks to empty the thing out to a little 8x12 unit that he could afford. Part of what I sold off was his beloved 57. It broke my heart selling that car, seeing it go for him was like seeing a sibling he loved go.
I thought about buying it from him because it was SOOOO nice, but there is no way I could do that to him, he was so distraught I couldn't let him see it ever again, it had to LEAVE and hopefully a long way away. He refuses to go to any rod events and I am sure it is because he doesn't want to see ANY 57's and most certainly wouldn't want to run into his!
It had no motor or trans in it and the most I could get for it was $15K. I wish I had stuck a cheap motor and trans in it but I just didn't have the time, this man was a full time job for quite a while selling off his stuff on ebay (lots of seriously collectible stuff, how about a MINT 60's vintage Höfner "violin bass" like Sir Paul McCartney's! Anyway, I just couldn't do it and he lost out on a bunch more money. But those are the ways of life.
Anyway, this thing was NICE, we are talking ZERO rust with body bolts still with zinc on them, it was a treasure.