Greg Zyla: 1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer

Greg Zyla

Q: Greg, I was reading the Norwich Bulletin and your article about the 1960 Ford Starliner. I was born in Towanda, Pa., and see you live in Sayre, Pa. After I got out of the Army, I needed a car and bought a beautiful 1957 Dodge (pictured) finished in blue and black. I drove it for two and a half years and sold it to a man in Sayre in 1960. I never saw it again.

I then moved to Connecticut, and recently I bought an Auto Trader looking for a 1957 Coronet. I retired from AT&T in 1991 and in 2003, I found a '57 Coronet (also pictured) in Auburn, Colo. I flew out, bought it and then had it shipped to my home. I still have it to this day.

I enjoy driving it and going to car shows and wonder if you've seen a car like it. … Thanks, Stan Mills, Danleson, Conn.

A: Stan, thanks for your letter, and if I ever see a blue and black 1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer I'll let you know immediately. As for that 1957 Coronet, it was one of Dodge's most popular all-new cars of the era, featuring a 325 V8 engine producing 245 horses, three-speed push button Torqueflite transmission, lots of chrome and a beautiful interior.

The 1957 Dodges were an all-new design featuring a longer, wider, lower stance and excellent fin style. The '57 front end featured one large headlamp and one small "parking" lamp encased by the front fender brows. In 1958, Dodge switched over to a "Twin Beam" headlamps arrangement.

I really loved the two-tone models, and my favorites were blue and black, black and gold, white and red, and white and gold. I see you found a beauty in Colorado, which proves if you keep looking you'll find what you are after. 

As for the names Lancer and Coronet, Lancer would switch over as the badge for the corporation's new compact car in 1961 (sibling to Plymouth's Valiant) while Coronet would disappear for a few years and then reappear as a new Dodge mid-size in 1965, with a "muscle car" image and up to a 426 V8 Hemi available.

Good luck with your beautiful 1957 Dodge - you own a true classic.

Greg Zyla writes weekly for GateHouse News Service and welcomes reader questions or comments on collector cars at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840 or at