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For Sale: 1957 Ford Thunderbird in Ft Worth, Texas


Vehicle Description

Two-seat Baby Birds are legendary cars in their own right, but this particular 1957 Ford Thunderbird Restomod packs a high-powered punch that will absolutely blow you away. With a thundering fuel-injected 347 Stroker V8 and 5-speed manual transmission leading the charge, this iconic convertible has an aggressive muscle-car attitude, but it's still wrapped up in that original classic livery that America fell in love with in the '50s. Add in a supremely comfortable interior with a host of choice options, and the result is something altogether amazing.

The amount of work that went into this build is immense, but you'd hardly know anything was unusual from the look of the exterior. Seeing a 'Bird without skirts isn't typical in many of today's restos, but that's actually how they came because the familiar skirts were an option, not standard equipment. As a result, this one looks pretty correct wearing its Gunmetal Gray paint and clean 1957 lines that are remarkably free of obstructive ornamentation and heavy-handed chrome that would otherwise take away from the sleek design. The bodywork is laser straight and everything lines up very well, particularly for a convertible, and it's obvious that a good deal of money was spent on the cosmetics. The finish is extremely strong, with little to no imperfections to speak of, and the shine and luster of the paint is striking, just take a look at our lights reflecting off the panels in our photos. These cars weren't born with a ton of chrome and brightwork, but the glitter from the bumpers, front grille, fender vents, and the rest of the trim provides a perfect amount of shine that really pops out against the dark gray paint. Quite honestly, the look of this Baby Bird is amazing, but we won't be surprised if most interest will be paid the moment you peer under the hood and into the contrasting red cabin. But cruising down the road, you'll be the envy of every other motorist because you'll have the world's biggest grin on your face.

Open the doors and you'll quickly see that the interior is where some really remarkable things have happened. The red vinyl bench seat is stock spec, with plush cushions underneath that provide all-day comfort, and the expensive-looking pleated upholstery is matched on the door panels and dash. Bright red interior against gray paint is a common color combination employed by many luxurious cars for its elegant contrast, so there's no surprise that it works so well here, and the light color wood trim in the door panels and dash add a touch of sophistication inside. A trick aftermarket leather-wrapped steering wheel anchors the cabin as it sits mounted atop a polish tilt column, and its sportiness is matched by the racy-looking pedals and Hurst cue-ball shifter that manages the 5-speed below. A lovely array of Classic Instruments gauges are crystal clear and update the original look beautifully, and they work in concert with an EFI-tuner screen mounted farther down the dash. Entertainment comes via a retro-style AutoSound AM/FM/AUX that sounds great, and if rolling the power windows down doesn't cool the car off enough, the Vintage A/C unit works great and blows nice and cold. Plush carpets insulate the cabin floors, a Hartz black convertible top fits like a glove and looks brand new, and the spacious trunk out back is finished neatly with correct plaid mats and a relocated battery.

Powering this Baby Bird is a custom full-roller 347 Stroker V8, and despite the extra cubes it's a very neat fit in the original engine bay. Dyno'd at 456 horsepower and built with a host of custom upgrades inside, the motor is strong as can be, and with performance goodies like a Holley Sniper EFI system, Edelbrock intake, MSD distributor, March serpentine belt system, and a giant aluminum radiator up front, it's incredibly dependable too. It starts easily and makes the lightweight T-Bird absolutely fly, and it's been presented and detailed for show with a chrome air cleaner, valve covers, and lots of polished parts throughout. A custom Cobra-spec 5-speed manual transmission made the trip, too, and it drives a built 9-inch locker rear end with 3.73 gears, so it can handle anything you throw at it without ever getting tired. The chassis was built for performance handling, with an original frame modified to provide a modern ride via a Heidts front end with power rack-and-pinion steering, a 4-link out back, and adjustable QA-1 coilovers and Wilwood power disc brakes at all four corners. Long-tube headers feed a custom Flowmaster dual exhaust system that gives it a great V8 burble, and the look is finished with a set of genuine Dayton knock-off wheels wrapped with thick 205/75/15 rubber.

Beautifully built with the best-of-the-best components and parts, this is easily the most impressive Baby Bird featured in our inventory. If you appreciate unique restomods executed to a high standard, this one absolutely nails it. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID:CC-1443527
  • Price:$42,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Pepper Gray Metallic
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:2720
  • Stock Number:4526-DFW
  • VIN:D7FH293620