Classic Car Overview
First generation Ford Thunderbirds are all about style, and this 1957 T-Bird does it the best. The product of a two-decade frame-off restoration, it gets everything correct, right down to the little-seen details (just check out the undercarriage for proof!) So if youre looking for desire on wheels, read on... The high-quality finish on the factory-correct code-V Flame Red is a testament to a life well lived. In fact, it took the consignor two decades to restore this car, and his labor of love has only traveled about 8,000 miles since. And we understand exactly why this car would get this much respect. 1957 was arguably the best year for the first generation with the cleanest design of the trio, and this bright shade of red was offered for one-year only. Plus, you have all the right features you want on this car, including the porthole hard top, fender skirts, and the dual exhaust that still exits through the rear bumper. And speaking of that intricate bumper, there was clearly an investment in the chrome work, which also includes the front grille, pointed & curved front bumper, and those jet-like taillights. Finishing off this total package are a great set of 14-inch wire wheels and whitewall tires, which of course, belong on a pristine classic like this one. This one does come with two tops, so the taut black folding roof is there whenever you dont feel like letting the sunshine in. But lets face it, a 57 T-bird like this was meant to be shared with the world. Thats why the interior also received plenty of investment during restoration, and the factory-correct Colonial White looks so terrific. In fact, youll love showing off how the white seamlessly flows from the dash to the door panels to the seats. And theres also the correct stylish flow of the machine-turned panels that run up both doors and across the dash. This nicely frames features like heat/defrost sliders and the well-integrated upgraded AM/FM/cassette stereo with digital tuner (after all, you want easier access to the best tunes in a car meant for cruising like this.) This sporty white and chrome attitude is also nicely reflected in some of the Thunderbirds signature pieces, like logo embossed side panels and the white/chrome steering wheel. Beyond that you could see the Thunderbird was getting serious about competing with the Corvette by its full gauge package, including the factory tachometer. Another nice performance touch is the larger D-code Thunderbird Special 312 cubic-inch V8 this car received in 57. Not only did the consignor say that this was rebuilt during the restoration (about 8,000 miles ago), but also he says this is the original motor. The bold red paint on the block, glossy black components, and correct Thunderbird logo valve covers make it award-worthy (its already have plenty we can tell you about.) Plus, even the details are right, like the washer fluid bag and the diaphragm around the front of the polished pie dish air cleaner. And as you look at the undercarriage photos, you see the difference a high-quality frame-off restoration makes where the suspension was restored and even the frame was power coated and painted. But more than just a great car for the Sunday car shows, this level of quality means its ideal for Sunday drives, too. Thats why you get easy driving features like power steering, Ford-O-Matic three speed auto transmission, and highway-friendly rear gears. The sale comes complete with the owners manual, service manual, and a ton of build receipts that show you how this became a cut-above classic. This is a Thunderbird of distinction that was built for someone of distinction. If thats you, call today!