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Lot Number
38

1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
2017 Monical Collection Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: D7FH341996
• Eye catching red-over-red livery
• Newly fitted carpets and upholstery
• Restored front bumper; air-conditioning, power steering and power brakes
• Powerful 312 V-8/floor-shifted automatic

312 cid “Y-Block” V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, 245 HP, automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102"


The product of a crash program at Ford that was officially approved in February 1953, the Thunderbird was first shown at the February 1954 Detroit Auto Show. Available for purchase that October, the two-seat Thunderbird convertible crowned the second-best year in company history. Conceived as a sporting, stylish and well-equipped “personal car” rather than a harder-edged sports car, the Thunderbird was a decidedly more sophisticated alternative to Chevrolet’s early and somewhat haphazard fiberglass-bodied Corvette, with its six-cylinder engine and side curtains. According to Ford Motor Company, the Thunderbird was also mandated to “…make maximum use of standard production components” and “…retain Ford product characteristics and identification to the extent necessary for a ready association with the standard production car.”

Due to time constraints, the normal scale-model design studies were bypassed in factor of five full-profile, airbrushed paper renderings, mounted to simulate cars on the road for evaluation. While a full-size clay model was shaped to a close rendition of the body design that closely approximated the production car, Chief Engineer Bill Burnett cut a Ford full-size passenger-car chassis down to a 102-inch wheelbase length for handling and brake-balance testing. Production was approved during September 1953 and the new sports car still required a name. Reportedly, 5,000 possible names were considered, including Hep Cat, Beaver, Detroiter, Runabout, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado. Thankfully after a $250 suit was offered, young Ford stylist Alden “Gib” Giberson proposed the winning name – Thunderbird.

Low-slung, cleanly styled, and of all-metal construction, the T-Bird came with a powerful 292 cubic-inch V-8, removable hardtop, and a wide range of standard and optional features. A total of 16,155 examples were sold for 1955, as opposed to just 700 Corvettes that year. The 1956 Thunderbird was relatively unchanged, although the hard top gained round porthole-style rear-quarter windows, the spare tire was changed to an external “Continental” mounting for additional trunk space, and the enlarged 312 cubic-inch ‘Thunderbird Special’ V-8 engine optional. Curiously, sales dipped slightly for 1956 to 15,631, partly the result of global instability the oil-supply shocks of the Suez Crisis.
Further refined for 1957, the final two-seater Thunderbirds are considered by many today as the most beautiful and desirable of all. The front bumper was smoothed out and dropped down low in the center, the trunk extended to accommodate the spare wheel that was now repositioned inside, and a pair of tasteful canted tailfins flowing back to the big and round jet exhaust-style taillights. Smaller-diameter 14-inch wheels visually lowered the car. Engine choices for 1957 ranged began with the basic 212 horsepower, 292 cubic-inch Thunderbird V-8 with two-barrel carburetion and the 312 cubic-inch Thunderbird Special V-8 delivering 245 horsepower with a single Holley four-barrel carburetor.

Several higher-performance engines were also offered, ranging from the 270 horsepower “E-Code” Thunderbird Super V-8, a 285 horsepower racing special, and a McCulloch-supercharged, 300 horsepower unit. Sales rose briskly to 21,380 for 1957, but it would in fact be the final model year for the two-seater Thunderbird until 2002. Purchased by Bobby Monical in 2000 as an older restoration, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible features a red exterior paint finish over new red upholstery and matching carpeting. Welcome amenities include air-conditioning, a four-way power seat, and a pushbutton radio. Inside the Thunderbird’s well-presented engine compartment, the 312 cubic-inch V-8 engine is equipped with a dress-up kit comprising a chrome open-element air cleaner and finned Thunderbird-scripted valve covers. A floor-shifted automatic transmission, power brakes, and power steering provide cruising ease. As offered, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird is a true automotive icon from the final two-seater model year and sure to please.

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