1957 Ford Thunderbird
Car for sale by Classic Investment in Marietta, Georgia 30062
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
When GIs who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American made version of the famed two-seater open car.
The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolets new car, but chose to develop a car along a different path.
It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvettes Blue Flame Six???; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvettes snap on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era.
This Magnificent Example is finished in Stunning Colonial White (E Code), with Beautiful Contrasting Red Interior, Colonial White Hard Top and White Soft Top. This Classic Bird Underwent a Frame Off restoration, including Exterior, Interior, Top, Brightwork, Wire Wheels, and Mechanics. Total Investment Exceeds $60K.
It comes with many amenities including:
Fordamatic Automatic Transmission
Floor mounted Locking Button Shift Selector
Low and Drive Range
???Master Guide??? Power Steering
Power Window Lifts
???Sure Swift??? Power Brakes
Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel
Magicaire Heating and Defrost System
Cigar Lighter (unused)
Lifeguard Seat Belts
Colonial White Porthole Hardtop
White Soft Top
Delux Red & White Interior
Lifeguard Padded Sun Visors
TBird Scripted Floormats
Chrome Side View Mirror
Rear Fender Skirts
Wide Whitewall Radial Tires
(5) Kelsey Hayes Styled Wire Wheels
???THUNDERBIRD SPECIAL??? V-8 Engine
4 Barrel Carburetion
Dual Exhaust System
312 Cubic Inch Displacement (D Code)
8.4:1 Compression Ratio
3.75 X 3.30 inch Bore & Stroke
Chrome Engine Dress Up Option
12 Volt Electrical System
Full ??? Flow Oil Filter
102 Inch Wheelbase
185 Inch Length
3088 lb. Weight
71 Inch Width
Highly Detailed Engine Compartment and Undercarriage
This Magnificent and Extremely Rare Thunderbird, finished in Thunderbird Colonial White, with Red Interior & a Full Complement of Options, is an Absolute Pleasure to Drive. Many ???Baby Bird??? aficionados consider the ???57 to be the ???Last, Most Beautiful, and Most Desirable??? of the ???Baby Birds??? of the era. It is as??? Straight as an Arrow??? and Absolutely Immaculate Throughout. It garners all the ???oohs??? and ???aahs??? any time out!!
Classic Car ID101237630
Exterior ColorColonial White
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