1957 Ford Thunderbird

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Classic Car Overview

This 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible would make a great summer driver and comes loaded with options! In the early-1950s, Americas car manufacturers began to recognize a hole in the market for an American-made sports car. At the time, Americans were buying sports cars but most of them were European imports. In 1954, Chevrolet debuted its sports car, the Corvette, and independent American automaker Kaiser-Willys debuted its version, the Kaiser Darrin. On October 25, 1954, the Ford Motor Company introduced its sports car, the Ford Thunderbird. Considered by Ford as their flagship personal luxury car it was touted as being more luxurious and feature-rich than its chief rival, the Corvette. While the Corvette began to get garner some sales traction, critics lamented it for its lack-luster performance due to the lack of a V8 engine, stiff riding suspension, and its meager creature comforts. Fords approach to the Thunderbird sought to alleviate those concerns. First, Ford put an overhead valve V8 in the T-Bird which provided better, and much-desired performance. Second, Ford equipped the Thunderbird with a smoother riding suspension to give the T-Bird a personal luxury feel while cruising down the road. Last, the T-Bird was offered with numerous add-on creature comforts such as power steering, power brakes, power seats, and power windows. With a Corvette-beating strategy coupled with a gorgeously designed automobile, the Thunderbird was an instant hit. The 55 T-Bird was a status symbol among high society and Hollywoods elites, and it even out-sold the Corvette in its respective debut by a significant margin. With only a few refinements, the 56 Thunderbird was largely unchanged from the 55 model. While the Thunderbird still sold particularly well in 1956, there was a minor sales dip and it became evident that the public was hungry for a new design. In 1957, the Ford Thunderbird underwent its first major stylistic redesign in the cars short history in what became a one-year only body. Up front, the 57 Thunderbird retained the iconic T-Bird style so the majority of the redesign occurred in the cars rear. Perhaps most noticeable were the rear quarter panels, which were now adorned with sleek, slanted fins that gave the 1957 Thunderbird its futuristic and ultimately iconic design. The trunk on the 57 T-Bird was also elongated so that it had enough space to store a spare tire along with some groceries and perhaps a set of golf clubs. The interiors were also updated including a redesigned, wraparound padded dash complete with a more performance-oriented instrument cluster. In total, Ford produced 21,380 Thunderbirds in 1957 which makes them highly collectible convertibles today. Under the hood of this 57 T-Bird is a 312 Cubic Inch V8 engine fed by an upgraded Holley single 4 barrel carburetor. This Thunderbirds V8 is backed by an automatic transmission that makes this 50s convertible an easy car for anybody to drive. Exhaust leaves this Baby Birds powerplant via a dual exhaust setup that generates a wonderful throaty sound from the through-bumper tailpipes. This 1957 Thunderbird is loaded with fantastic options! With power brakes, bringing this early Ford sports car to a complete stop is made much easier. Power steering is another wonderful option on this T-Bird since it makes squeezing into a tight space at the local car show or ice cream parlor almost effortless. A drivers side chrome mirror is another great add-on to any classic car since it greatly improves visibility. This 57 Thunderbird also comes equipped with a manually-operated white vinyl convertible top should you get caught in the rain or better yet, need a bit more shade from the sun on hot summer day. Riding on a set of wide whitewall bias-ply tires accented with turbine-style wheelcovers, this Thunderbird has a truly upscale look whether youve just parked or youre cruising down the road. The body of this T-Bird Convertible has been correctly finished in Thunderbird Bronze, just how it came when it rolled off the Dearborn, Michigan, factory floor back in 1957. The interior of this 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible looks classy! The bench seat has been correctly upholstered in Copper vinyl. The driver and passenger power side windows go up and down with ease as they are operated with a simple flick of a switch. The copper upholstered door panels, carpeting, padded dash, and steering wheel all appear to remain in their stock configuration, exuding this T-Birds originality. The engine-turned trimmed instrument cluster is equipped with a 140 MPH speedometer, 5,000 RPM tachometer, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, and clock. The dash is completed with a push-button AM radio, climate controls, and a locking glovebox. Whether youre adding to your Blue Oval collection or youre buying your very first classic car, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird would make a fantastic addition.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    D7FH217451
  • Classic Car ID
    102011339
  • Stock Number
    8745
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
    Coupe
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    88,042 miles
  • Engine
    312 V8
  • Transmission
    Automatic
Dealer Disclosure
A $220 dealer fee/tax will be added to the purchase price. The selling dealer will collect additional registration/sales tax from in-state buyers.

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