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Are there any records of the numbers of '57's that were produced with factory air conditioning?
 

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Factory A/C would be an option, not an accessory. Since the trim tag indicates A/C, Fisher Body would have any records. But the dealers also offered third-party A/C units, which would have been an accessory, not an option, therefore complicating the ability to get a count.
 

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Actually, "Factory" A/C is an Accessory according to the 1957 Passenger Car and Truck Accessories Installation and Referecent Maunal.... The manual contains the instructions for the dealter to install the Factory A/C.

Factory A/C would be an option, not an accessory. Since the trim tag indicates A/C, Fisher Body would have any records. But the dealers also offered third-party A/C units, which would have been an accessory, not an option, therefore complicating the ability to get a count.
 

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Yes A/C could be a factory unit installed by the dealer and therefore an accessory and therefore have accessory A/C installation instructions. But the trim tag would have indicated that it came from the factory without the optional A/C. Factory-installed A/C was an option, not an accessory, and therefore did not have installation instructions because it was already installed, and was indicated as installed on the Fisher Body trim tag.
 

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The original question.......
Are there any records of the numbers of '57's that were produced with factory air conditioning?
"Factory" A/C could be installed at the factory or by a dealer, thus even if numbers were available it would not include all "Factory" A/C units UNLESS the GM kept track of number of "Factory" A/C kits sold :)
 

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Yes A/C could be a factory unit installed by the dealer and therefore an accessory and therefore have accessory A/C installation instructions. But the trim tag would have indicated that it came from the factory without the optional A/C. Factory-installed A/C was an option, not an accessory, and therefore did not have installation instructions because it was already installed, and was indicated as installed on the Fisher Body trim tag.
What about 55-56. Can it be correct to have a A/C even though trim tag is not on driver side. Can it be said that it was a dealer accessory?
 

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In 1957 factory installed AC cars and dealer installed AC cars are basically the same. However, in many instances the mechanics at the dealers who installed the AC would not go exactly by the book.
For example I have seen several dealer AC cars where the parking brake
handle lowering bracket was not installed.
I think they were paid a flat rate so the faster the could do the job the more profitable it was for them.
 

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Kinda on subject ,,I bought a brand new [email protected]#D f 150 in 1994 ,and had the dealer put in A/C and it was a all [email protected]#D parts unit that they put in,, you couldn't tell that it didn't come from the factory like that ,so my vin or data tag would be missing that code too ,,so if it was still happening in 94 ,who knows how many cars in 5/6/7 it happened to ,,:)
 
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