Sporting a redesign in 1957, the new Thunderbird received a facelift that saw a reshaped front bumper along with a larger grille and tailfins and saw a forty percent increase in sales, with 21,380 Thunderbirds rolling of the production line in 1957, the last year of the first generation body style. This fully restored frame off restoration 1957 Ford Thunderbird was built May 20th, 1957 at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant and is powered by a 312ci V8 engine mated to a Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood this Thunderbird has been fully detailed and features Master-Guide power steering and Swift Sure power brakes for comfort and convenience. Restored in its original scheme of Flame Red with a Colonial White porthole top, the exterior of the Thunderbird shows excellently with minimal flaws and has a rich, deep, shine while the chrome is excellent with no pitting or rust and features optional backup lights and rear fender gravel guards. Inside the interior, the upholstery has been redone in the original Flame Red vinyl, according to the original data tag, and the dash features a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, and clock, along with a set of accessory Stewart Warner gauges which monitor oil pressure, water temperature, vacuum, and amperage. Additionally, this Thunderbird also features a Town and Country radio and Ford’s Lifeguard padded dashboard, sun visors, and steering wheel. The Thunderbird rides on a set of Goodyear Custom Super Cushion 7.50-14 wide whitewalls mounted on a set of optional 14-inch Kelsey Hayes chrome wire wheels with Thunderbird center caps to give the car the perfect period correct look. Overall this ’57 Thunderbird is an excellently restored car that can be enjoyed without worry and would be right at home in any garage for somebody looking for a wonderful example of the most popular year of the first generation of Thunderbirds.
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.