Go ahead and get excited, because your eyes aren't deceiving you.
This is a real-deal, documented E-code 1957 Thunderbird. That means
dual quads atop the 312 cubic inch V8, and with that in mind, the
restoration was carried out to an extremely high standard. In a sea
of early Thunderbirds, THIS is the one to own.
It shouldn't surprise you that this car was restored to compete on
the show field, and we've never seen a 2-seat 'Bird as highly
detailed as this one. They stuck to the original specifications
with this one, giving it a coat of code F Starmist Blue paint, as
it was new, although the quality and shine are simply astounding.
For many, the '57 Thunderbird is a favorite, with its more
pronounced fins that were a part of the 1950s automotive landscape.
It's been in the current owner's hands since 1979 and since a full
restoration about 10 years ago, it has hardly been driven so it's
very fresh. The chrome was treated to show-grade refinishing, and
every single component on the car was buffed and shined before it
was reinstalled, so it glitters no matter where you look. It's also
loaded with other unique features, including a dealer-installed
continental kit, original radio antenna on the deck lid, and
beautifully fitted fender skirts. This is a very impressive
The interior is restored to the same standards using correct
two-tone blue vinyl that does a pretty good impersonation of
leather. The wide bench looks more like two close-coupled buckets
and makes the sporty T-Bird strictly a 2-seater. Everything inside
has been refinished to show standards, including the gorgeous door
panels, exceptional steering wheel, and precisely detailed gauges.
It's all quite correct, from the neatly clustered instruments to
the floor shifter for the Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic
transmission. For show purposes, there are no "updates" or
modifications to any of the interior systems, and even the original
AM radio remains in its engine-turned panel in the dash. The spare
tire moved back into the trunk for 1957, and even with the
continental kit, this one is neatly finished with a correct
reproduction mat and full-sized spare tire with jack assembly. And
yes, don't worry, this one comes with two tops, a color-matched
light blue hardtop with porthole and a beautifully fitted navy blue
canvas convertible top with a crystal clear rear window.
As nice as it is, this Thunderbird's status is almost entirely due
to the E-code engine under the hood, complete with dual quads. With
270 horsepower, it was a neat experiment in creating a
Corvette-eater that could still cruise the streets of Beverly
Hills. Topped by the distinctive air cleaner, the 312 cubic inch V8
was fully rebuilt to stock specs and fully detailed with a dress-up
kit. Every detail is correct, from the hardware securing the valve
covers to the reproduction battery, and it runs as it should with a
healthy bark from the dual exhaust. You can see bright red engine
paint on the oil pan from below, and take a few minutes to enjoy
the fully detailed chassis that's ready for the most demanding
judges. Both power steering and power brakes make this E-Bird easy
to handle and for style, nothing compares to a set of chrome wire
wheels wearing 205/75/14 Coker Classic wide whitewall radials.
There are only a few Thunderbirds that are more desirable than
this, and they all have superchargers. If you've been looking for
the one of these to complete your collection, this might be a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Call now!