1957 Ford Thunderbird
1957 Ford Thunderbird
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Classic Car Overview

1957 Ford Thunderbird Roadster The 1955-57 two-seat Ford Thunderbirds is among the most recognized and iconic American cars. Its been put in television shows, movies and print advertisements, not to mention being pictured on a U.S. postage stamp. The mass media often has mistakenly called any sporty looking car, such as the Ford Mustang, a sports car. Its given the 1955-57 Thunderbird the same description, although Ford stressed from the get-go that its new baby was a personal car. Ford knew that the sports cars market was very limited and that calling the Thunderbird a personal car would give it much broader appeal. For consignment, a personal car, (as dubbed by Ford), 2-seater adult getaway vehicle. This would be the last year for a good while for this two seat configuration, and is widely thought to be the best year of the first generation T bird. 1957 saw Ford add some extra options including power which this one has been upgraded from the original D-code single 4bbl to an E-code spec dual 4bbl carburetor arrangement, 3-speed stick shift and retains both of its tops. A photo documented frame off restoration completed in 2012 using many rare parts and still looking gorgeous in every aspect, along with many Best Of Show wins, its gonna go, go GO! Exterior When you pen a thin bodied, long hood with a scoop, and canted tail fin 2 seater car, throw on some jet age styling for the taillights, give it a hardtop option complete with a porthole window and has a black canvas convertible underneath, add on fender skirts, a wrap around windshield, and some chromed trimmings, you have this car. All straight steel bathed in a rarely seen color change of Sunlit Gold paint showing nearly no flaws in the miles deep finish and mirror like chrome bumpers, egg crate grille, and for the rear in bumper exhaust ports, this car screams steel sex. A black canvas convertible top is underneath the body matching Sunlit Gold hardtop and presents as very clean and tear free with a clear rear window in plastic. With the hardtop, convertible up and down you are basically getting 3 totally different looking cars, and the ability to use year-round. Before I move on, we need to give a shout out to the highly polished turbine style wheel covers, all wrapped in wide white radials. Suh-weeeeet! Interior Swing the door and be met with cream white panels that do not know what a straight line is as to their design. Cream white vinyl mixes with machined swirl pattern aluminum inserts for the door handles, window cranks, and power seat controls. Speaking of the seat, its a gorgeous white bench with tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters that curves neatly into the body styling and allows for the top to hide behind it. For the dash a big curved overhanging cowl in padded white vinyl for the topper, and more machined aluminum and a litany of round gauges and chrome bezel black knobs and pulls. An aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio is now neatly installed and as we gaze across this big padded curved top dash, we can note temp, fan controls, and a nearly hidden glovebox, but the deeply inset keyhole gives it away. A metal lower dash also in painted white and some white kick side panels contrasted by black carpet, and a smaller diameter heavily padded steering wheel, (the original wheel is included), clean as a whistle, and you will be left awestruck...Bee-uitfuhl! Drivetrain A flip of the front hinged hood and more bling with some sting with a 312ci Y block. Painted a beautiful red, shoehorned into a totally restored engine bay, and topped with cast and ribbed polished winged valve covers. On top are now dual 4-barrel carbs and on back a 3-speed manual with overdrive transmission. The rear axle takes the brunt of this power with a 9-inch size, and 3.70 gears. Just wonderful underneath this scooped hood. Ver-uuuuhmmmm! Undercarriage Completely restored, nice shiny black frame and clean pale yellow underpants, with a new fuel tank, reworked suspension which has independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs on the back, and they look showroom. Power drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and a very clean like new exhaust system with Cherrybomb mufflers and resonators is now on. Yeeeowww-za! Drive-Ability She fired right up with a low rumble, and it was off to the test track with a snap back of my neck. Those dual 4bbls kicked right in and I was quickly transported to performance heaven. Great handler, smooth shifter, quick bias free stopping with those power drums, and all was functioning awesomely. 1957 never looked so good with this beautifully restored and cared for Bird. Very few criticisms for this car where a nice job has been performed everywhere, even underneath. If you are in the market for a classic bird, or just want to get your wife on board to help clean out the other side of your garage, you need to see this spectacle of Ford design in its last year of the two seater until Y2K. VIN DECODE D7FH250234 D-312ci V8 4bbl 245hp 7-1957 F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant H-Thunderbird 250234-Sequential Unit Number WARRANTY TAG BODY 40-Thunderbird COLOR NN-Gunmetal Gray TRIM XH-Flame Red PROD CODE 20C-March 20th Build

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    91,413 miles
  • Engine
    312 V8
  • Transmission
    3 Speed Manual W/ Overdrive
  • Exterior Color
  • Seat Color

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