• Exceptional overall condition; upgraded with air-conditioning
• Former ISCA show car; rare “non porthole” hardtop
• Very well-detailed engine and engine compartment
• Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, updated stereo, clock, Hurst shifter
• Wonderful final-year example of the original 1955-1957 “Baby Bird”
312 cid “Y-Block” OHV V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, 245 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102"
Refined for 1957, the final two-seat Ford Thunderbird models are considered by many to be the most beautiful and desirable of all. The front bumper was smoothed out and dropped down low at the center, the trunk extended to accommodate the spare wheel now housed inside, and a pair of tasteful canted tailfins flowed back to jet exhaust-style taillights. Smaller diameter 14-inch wheels visually lowered the car. Sales rose briskly to 21,380 units for 1957, but it would in fact be the final model year for the two-seater Thunderbird until 2002. Today, the original Thunderbirds remain an automotive and cultural icon, recently celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service as part of the “America on the Move: 50s Sporty Cars” commemorative postage-stamp issue.
This great looking ’57 T-Bird has a dual personality, being strong and sweet. Finished in gleaming Ivory paint with a dark blue vinyl interior, this truly dramatic car is handsomely complemented by iconic Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels mounting proper whitewall tires, and a rare “non-porthole” hard top. Beneath the forward-opening, scooped hood of this highly attractive 1957 Ford Thunderbird lies a 312 cubic-inch, 245-horsepower Thunderbird Special” V-8 engine topped by two four-barrel carburetors sending the power through a rare three-speed, floor-mounted manual transmission controlled with an upgraded Hurst shifter. A former ISCA show car, it gleams under the hood and the beauty continues with polished cast-aluminum valve covers and chrome accent items found throughout the engine compartment. Other nice show-car touches include the etched patterns adorning the wind wings and the hardtop’s backlight. The Thunderbird’s body is exceptional with straight panels, tight gaps, and eye-catching paint and bright trim. Comfortable cruising is assured with a heater-defroster, power steering, power brakes, a modern AM /FM radio and clock, plus added air-conditioning.
The original two-seater Thunderbirds of 1955 through 1957 have always and rightly been absolute collector favorites. Instantly recognizable and sure to draw admirers wherever it goes, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird is a rare, high-specification example from the last year of production for the original 1955-1957 series and it is sure to please. Men and women alike share a passion for the first two-seat T-Birds, and with air-conditioning, you can have fun all year ‘round until "Daddy takes the T-Bird away."
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
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