Highly documented and nicely restored, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird
gets its fundamentals quite right. But really the reason why you
stopped on this T-bird is because there's nothing more beautiful
than Ford's iconic personal luxury cruiser finished completely in
red and chrome.
The high-quality finish on the factory-correct code-V Flame Red is a testament to a life well lived. In fact, this T-bird received a thorough restoration at about mid-life, and it has been cared for correctly ever since. But on a car like this it makes sense. 1957 was arguably the best year for the first generation with the cleanest design of the trio, and this bright shade of red was offered for one-year only. Plus, you have all the right features you want on this car, including the porthole hard top, fender skirts, and the dual exhaust that still exits through the rear bumper. And speaking of that intricate bumper, there was clearly an investment in the chrome work, which also includes the front grille, pointed & curved front bumper, and those jet-like taillights. Finishing off this total package are a great set of 14-inch wire wheels and whitewall tires, which of course, belong on a pristine classic like this one.
Inside the same red and chrome appearance continues on the seats, doors, and dash. The full interior/exterior coordination makes this Thunderbird a real class act with the top on or off. Overall, style and luxury were the true hallmarks of this classic. We love the stylized touches like the engine-turned panel that flows across both doors and the dash. This frames great original features like the heater and optional Town and Country radio. While this is Ford's personal luxury car, the Thunderbird was getting serious about competing with the Corvette with its full gauge package, including the addition of a tach as well as a large speedometer prominently in the center.
Under the hood is the "Thunderbird Special" 292 cubic inch V8. It was rebuilt during restoration, and it carries a fantastic presentation today. Bright red engine paint was a Thunderbird design statement, along with the bright chrome air cleaner and gorgeous cast aluminum valve covers that were part of a dress-up kit. Add in the gloss black elements, and you've got an engine bay that you'll be proud to show off. Even the undercarriage still looks fantastic! But more than just something for eyes to enjoy, a true classic T-bird is meant for cruising. The V8 purrs sweetly through the dual exhaust system as you go down the road. Plus, as a true personal luxury vehicle, the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission and power steering makes driving effortless. So there's nothing stopping you from going out an enjoying this icon every weekend.
This sale comes with all the right materials for a classic of this caliber, including the original window sticker, title documentation, owner's manual, build/maintenance receipts, tonneau cover, and a large restoration photo file. This is a fantastic representation of a bold and rare icon, so don't miss your fleeting opportunity. Call now!
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.
The Ford Thunderbird has gone through many iterations during its design and market focus.
After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public.