For Sale: 1957 Ford Thunderbird in Cambria, California

Vehicle Description

PRICE REDUCTION! Don’t pass up the rare opportunity to take home a single owner, California, first-gen Thunderbird classic that looks and feels like a brand new car! This gorgeous, single owner, 1957 Ford Thunderbird is truly unique. It was bought new from a Southern California dealership in 1958 and has remained with the current owner, in California, ever since. It was immaculately maintained, and underwent a complete refurbishment in 2003 to bring the paint and finishes back to their original luster; it looks and drives just like it did when it came off the factory line. 

The car is flawlessly finished in the original Metallic Gunmetal Grey paint with matching hard top; both matching the original paint code (H). The car is powered by a “Thunderbird Special” 312 V8 with 4-Barrel Carb, which was rebuilt prior to the refurbishing, and has a Ford-O-Matic transmission, also rebuilt. There are only 48k miles on the rebuilt engine. 

The show winning restoration attended to every detail and no expense was spared. Work for the restoration was completed at Prestige Thunderbird in Santa Fe Springs, California. Everything on the vehicle is per the original specs including the Borg Warner-designed Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, Master Guide power steering, power brakes, Fairlane Ranchero hubcaps, porthole hard top, white lined tires, duel ring steering wheel, Town and Country radio, and factory tuned instrument panels. All records of the restoration were retained, as are the excellent maintenance records maintained since purchase in 1958. Most recently, an oil change was performed in 2020.

The interior is finished in the original black and white (XA) dashboard top, carpets, seats, and door panels, with brushed aluminum dashboard panel, and original steering wheel. The stunning quality of the finishes can be seen in the photos and certainly makes you understand why Ford billed the Thunderbird as a “personal luxury car”. 

The 312ci V8 with 4 barrel carburetor is rated at 245 horsepower when paired with the three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, and is shown running in the video linked here: The engine compartment looks like new with all new factory hoses, belts, and powder coated parts. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the vehicle. 

Chassis tag decodes as follows:

  • VIN: D7FH138846
  • D = 312 cubic inch, 4V, 245 horsepower V-8 with Ford-O-Matic transmission
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Special 312 V8 with 4-Barrel Carb
  • Max Brake Horsepower: [email protected] 4400 rpm
  • Max Torque: 332 @ 3200 rpm
  • 7 = 1957
  • F = Dearborn Michigan
  • H = 1955-1957 Thunderbird (no body style name used)


  • Body: 40 = Thunderbird
  • Color: NN = Metallic Gunmetal Grey with Metallic Gunmetal Grey Hardtop
  • Trim: XA = Black and White
  • Production Code: 8 L = November 8 build date

Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID:CC-1489320
  • Price:$54,900 (OBO)
  • Location:Cambria, California
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Metallic Gunmetal Gr
  • Interior Color:Black and White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:48000
  • VIN:D7FH138846
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running

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