312 V8 · 93,053 miles
1957 Ford Thunderbird Roadster The 1957 Thunderbird was marketed as a personal car, putting more emphasis on the cars comfort and convenience packages than performance. Although it out performed the Corvette right off the line, the conveniences were heavily marketed. A new 12-volt electrical system would be used to power all the conveniences and proved to be the new standard for the future. Smaller fins, a new grille, sleeker body and a hood scoop added to the appeal of what some consider the nicest year for the iconic Thunderbird, said to be named from the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. A frame-off, attention to every detail restoration, with some added extras, make up this beautiful example. This car has a continental style rear with outboard spare tire and elongated rear bumper exhaust outlets. The underside of the car has been totally rebuilt and appears showroom new. A look at the pictures, particularly the side view will show the amazing transformation of the profile of the car with the various top configurations, which are included with the purchase of this car. Exterior Red, red, red, and a healthy serving of chrome adorn the exterior of this classic automobile. No expense was spared in the restoration as only top-notch redoing of original parts, were painstakingly worked to perfection. Fit and finish is most likely better than when it rolled off the assembly line. The convertible top is new, and the round window hardtop shows spotless condition. Beautiful chromed wire wheels with knockoff hubs are on all four corners and are framed by wide white sidewall 205/75R14 tires. Interior Red, red, red wonderful leather bench seat with a Dial-O-Matic power seat with memory, a radio that increases volume with the more road noise you encounter, automatic windshield washer, power windows, and a dual floor shifter (one for the 4-speed forward, and the other dedicated to reverse) are the standard comfort options on this beauty. A drivers side gauge cluster of round instrumentation embedded in a circular machined pattern dashboard. The padded red dash surround shows very slight imperfection on the top side of the instrument cluster, but its in otherwise excellent condition. An air conditioning unit is nestled under the dash and can be controlled easily by either driver or passenger. In keeping with the beautiful design of this car, even the door panels and armrests have wonderful lines in keeping with the entire look of the car. Drivetrain A 312ci V8 engine with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor powers this car. The chromed air cleaner could double as a serving tray, it is that beautiful and clean. A 4-speed manual transmission takes the 215HP and puts it to the rear drive wheels. A separate small shift lever is used exclusively for reverse. Dual exhaust leads the eye back to the rear leaf spring suspension and guides you through an immaculate underside view of the car. Double A arm front suspension with all brand-new bushings, and drum brakes are also seen from the underside. This Red, red, red consignment, a stylish, luxurious, upper-middle-class cruiser is a car perfect to give your girlfriend, wife or mistress for in-town showing off. Exacting restoration standards, this car, considered to be the most beautiful design of all the 1950s Thunderbirds is a beautiful example of Fords innovative design teams answer to the Corvette, as well fending off the ever-increasing British sports car invasion of the US shores. All but perfect condition, your chance to own a car that brings truth to the statement, Its often impossible to match an original.