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For Sale: 1957 Ford Thunderbird
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Harwood Motors, LTD
Harwood Motors, LTD.
9100 Valley View Road
Cleveland, OH 44056
Nice driver-grade '57 Thunderbird in great colors. Good paint, recent interior, AM/FM/cassette stereo. Excellent runner from a warm climate that's ready to enjoy.

Finished in correct Colonial White, this '57 Thunderbird has an immediately familiar look and a classic color combination that will never go out of style. The bodywork, including the '57's elongated rear quarters and peaked fins, is quite good with doors that fit well, a hood that sits flush, and a trunk that closes without a big slam. The repaint is a few years old and it was done with the body still on the frame, but it was a full trim-off job so there are no obvious masking marks and no signs of half-hearted workmanship. There's still a nice, soft gloss to the paint that's entirely appropriate to 1957 and there are minimal signs of use, indicative of caring ownership over the years. The chrome and trim is also in excellent condition, including the front bumper and grille, the delicate 'Thunderbird' scrip on the front fender, and, of course, the rear bumper with integrated exhaust outlets.

The bright red interior is a welcome contrast to the Colonial White bodywork and a flashy upgrade from the usual black and white. It appears that much of the interior is recent, including the seat cover and carpets, which are virtually new. The door panels aren't quite as crisp and fresh as the seat cover, but they're accurate and very nicely done, and that engine-turned insert that blends into the dash is like artwork. The instrument panel is in excellent shape with an array of gauges in original condition that are a bit faded but still serviceable. The clock and fuel gauge do not work, however a set of auxiliary instruments including mechanical oil pressure, temperature, and voltage gauges has been installed under the dash. A newer AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit obviously intended for use in early 'Birds has been fitted in place of the original Town & Country AM radio and it works properly and sounds good. We don't know if this car is a soft-top-delete model or if the top itself was somehow lost to the mists of time, but there is no convertible top behind the seats, just the removable hardtop. That said, the top well is in excellent condition with no signs of the usual rust issues that plague these cars and a correct "curtain" has been installed to keep it looking tidy and finished. The trunk is also in nice shape, with a correct mat, full-sized spare, and no surprises hiding underneath.

The 312 cubic inch Y-block V8 runs well and it fires right up, even after sitting for a while. It makes a good V8 burble from the dual exhaust system, which still exhales through the ends of the rear bumper. Bright Ford Red paint and a dealer-installed dress-up kit make it worthwhile to open the hood and even though the restoration is a few years old, it's still in good order. According to the aftermarket mechanical temperature gauge, it runs at about 180 degrees and didn't get cranky even though I left it idling for about 15 minutes while I chatted with a fellow at the gas station. But just in case, someone has cleverly installed an electric fan inside the original shroud that works in conjunction with the engine-driven fan and is almost invisible in the engine bay. The 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic clicks through the gears without any issues and the ride is pretty good with minimal squeaks and rattles from inside. 3.00 gears out back make it a fine highway cruiser and it's been fitted with Coker wide whitewall radials on the stock wheels, so it rides and handles quite nicely yet retains an authentic look.

This Thunderbird still does what it was designed to do: open-air motoring with a lot of style and performance. It's not a show piece and isn't priced like one, but if you want a car that delivers on all the promises made by the sleek 2-seater convertible bodywork, this is an excellent choice. And perhaps more than almost any other vehicle, Thunderbird values have been consistent for years, so it's safe to say that you'll always be able to get out of it what you've got in it—name another hobby that can offer that!

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Pricing Information
Asking Price
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Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level

Odometer Reading



Vehicle Category/Style


Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Colonial White

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details


Seat Material

Accessories and Customizations

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration

Engine Size
312 cubic inches

Engine History

Engine Condition

Transmission Details

Transmission Type

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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