1957 Thunderbird: Frame-off Restoration
This 1957 Thunderbird was restored to show quality condition by Thunderbirds USA for the national president of the Antique Automobile Club of America. No cost was spared, no corners were cut as evidenced by it having achieved senior grand national status from the AACA and CTCI’s gold medallion award. Our customer/owner bought the Thunderbird from the AACA’s national president 14 years ago and has kept it in immaculate condition ever since.
They don’t get any Nicer!
• Paint and Chrome
This triple red T-bird stands out from the crowd with an excellent respray in the original Torch Red color. To say that it is “showroom fresh” would be incorrect because the paint work done to show quality standards is far superior to the original factory finish.
The chrome and stainless all look like new, accentuating the exterior finish.
The top, also finished in Torch Red, appears flawless. This Thunderbird does not have a convertible top—a testament to the fact that the car has only seen nice weather since its restoration.
The body and underside of the car are free of any signs of corrosion.
Speaking of the underside, the car is exceedingly clean—despite having been driven limitedly by the present owner—with every nut and bolt either replaced or refurbished during its restoration. In keeping with its judging provenance, many of the factory build markings are faithfully reproduced.
The red vinyl seat upholstery was redone as original and makes this “triple red” car particularly noticeable. The door panels and headliner have all been restored to their original condition.
The padded dash is in excellent condition and free of cracks. All of the engine/systems monitoring gauges/warning lights (temperature, amp, fuel and oil pressure) work properly. Similarly, the speedometer and tachometer work, as does all of the safety equipment (lights, horn, etc.). The wipers work properly as does the clock, but the AM radio will need some attention.
The car’s 245 hp 312 cid V-8—is in excellent condition. The engine starts right up and runs well. It is nestled in a fully-detailed engine bay.
The Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission works as it should. The engine and transmission weep a bit as is common for a vehicle from this era.
Since much of the car was done to allow it to be exhibited at car shows, the nearly new7.50 x 14 wide whitewall Goodyear tires are bias ply—as original—with very little use since new. (The spare has never been on the pavement.)
o 245 hp, 312 cid V-8 with 4 bbl
o Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission
o Power steering
o Power brakes
o Power Seat
o Padded Dash
o Nut and bolt frame-off restoration
An Excellent Example of one of Ford’s Most Popular and Collectible Cars
Finding a 1957 Thunderbird in this condition is hard enough, but finding one that was restored to the exacting standards of the head of the national AACA for show purposes is almost unheard of. Add to that the fact that this one is priced a third lower than several that just sold at national auctions. These cars are highly in demand and therefore represent not just a great driving experience but a sound investment as well.
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