312 V8 · 12,951 miles
1957 Ford Thunderbird The Thunderbird and the Corvette have a long and sorted history, with both initially competing for the same customer space. Eventually the Corvette went to racing, and the Thunderbird became the boulevard king. The ultimate get away car from the kids with only 2 seats, as well as the option to have a hardtop traveler, or a convertible cruiser, it became the it car for mid 1950s suburbia. If youre looking for a sweet 50s-era classic thats valuable, fun to drive and has the ability to turn Main Street into an instant classic car show then this is it for you. The consigner/builder of this car put his heart and soul into this restoration, leaving virtually no stone unturned. A labor of love that took all but 10 years, along with the post restoration years of enjoyment leaving the kids behind and motoring with just him and his wife, they created many memories with the fruits of his labors. Exterior Micrometer tolerance straight rust free, blemish free steel panels covered in Ford Flame Red, clad the exterior of this car. A matching hardtop with porthole window caps the interior passenger compartment. All brightwork, and chrome bumpers are in excellent condition. Chromed wire wheels with knockoff T bird hubs are seen all around, and sport fat white sidewall striped tires. A cream canvas convertible top in new condition can be popped up if you get caught in a shower while motoring with the top down. All plastic windows in the top are clear and blemish free. A gaze underneath reveals all new mechanicals, pristine rocker arms, and floor pans. Just like the topside...meticulously cared for and painstakingly redone to the best of ones ability. Interior Mid fifties design drips from the interior, with a red, red, red, electrically operated bench seat spanning from door to door. A red vinyl padded dash, has more beautiful curves than a centerfold model, and is highlighted with all correct gauges, levers, and knobs, all within a brushed machined aluminum front dash. Plush red carpeting with Thunderbird carpet floor mats, looks like it has never seen the underside of a shoe. Door panels show power window, and seat controls, as well as wind wings added to the doors. A sweeping front windshield reminiscent of future bubble tops wraps the drivers compartment. Trunk is adorned with typical Ford plaid trunk liner, and it is in really good condition. Drivetrain This Thunderbird has a 312ci V-8, rated at 245 horsepower and an automatic transmission This represented an increase in horsepower from 202 in 1956. Stainless steel exhaust evacuates engine gasses quicker than a passenger elevator in a high rise during a fire! 4 Wheel drum brakes are seen, on all corners, and a new aluminum radiator has been installed. If you want to be the star of that Main Street impromptu car show, this award-winning, largely-original Thunderbird, backing a hot 312 cubic inch 245hp V8 with a correct Ford-O-Matic 3-speed, is definitely your kind of classic! A consigner restored, and driven here from out of state, actually brought a tear to his eye upon dropping the car off. Guaranteed to turn your face in to a smile when you are behind the wheel of this endearing automobile classic.