1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
The 1955-57 two-seat Ford Thunderbird is among the most recognized
iconic American cars. It's been put in television shows, movies and
print advertisements, not to mention being pictured on a U.S.
postage stamp. The mass media often has mistakenly called any
sporty looking car, such as the Ford Mustang, a "sports car". It's
given the 1955-57 Thunderbird the same description, although Ford
stressed from the get-go that its new baby was a "personal car".
Ford knew that the sports cars market was very limited and that
calling the Thunderbird a "personal car" would give it much broader
For consignment, a personal car, as dubbed by Ford, 2-seater adult
getaway vehicle. This would be the last year for a good while for
this two seat configuration, and is widely thought to be the best
year of the first generation T bird. 1957 saw Ford add some extra
options including power which this one has a 312ci which now comes
with a 4-barrel carburetor, 3-speed Ford-O-Matic and retains its
larger "G" heads in raw 312 cubes. And best of all this bird can go
When you pen a thin bodied, long hood with a chrome trimmed edge
scoop in its middle, and throw in canted tail fins, make it a 2
seater car, add on some jet age styling for the taillights, a
convertible top in black canvas, add on fender skirts, a wraparound
windshield, and some chromed trimmings, you have this car. All
straight steel bathed in Colonial White paint showing like it was
just sprayed last year. Mirror like chrome bumpers, egg crate
grille, and for the rear in bumper exhaust ports, this car screams
steel sex. A black canvas convertible top is underneath a red
tonneau when it's in the down position, and presents as very clean
and tear free with a clear rear window in plastic. Before I move
on, we need to give a shout out to the shiny Kelsey Hayes polished
wire wheels. These are wrapped in 205/75R14's in wide white wall
trim for your viewing pleasure. Mmmmm, mmmmmm good!
Swing the door and be met with red vinyl panels that have no idea
what a straight line is as to their design. The red mixes with
machined swirl pattern aluminum inserts for the actuator. A long
padded armrest in smooth red vinyl stretches across the mid door,
and below are power window toggles. For the dash a big curved
overhanging cowl in padded red vinyl for the topper, and more
machined aluminum and a litany of round gauges and chrome bezel
black knobs and pulls. A town and country AM radio is neatly
installed and as we gaze across this big padded curved top dash we
can note temp, fan controls, and a nearly hidden glove box, but the
deeply inset keyhole gives it away. A metal lower dash also in
painted red and some red vinyl covered kick side panels accentuated
by deep pile red carpet can be seen covering the floors. An
original steering wheel, clean as a whistle, and you will be left
awestruck, when you slip into the overstuffed red vinyl bench seat
that envelops the passengers when inside.
A flip of the front hinged hood and more bling with some sting with
a 292ci "Y" block now factory bored to 312 cubes. Painted a
beautiful red, shoehorned into a totally restored engine bay, and
some "G" code bigger heads now strapped on and topped with cast and
ribbed polished winged valve covers. On top is a 4-barrel carb and
on back a 3-speed automatic Ford-O-Matic tranny. The rear axle
takes the brunt of this power with a 9-inch size, and 3.10 gears.
Just wonderful underneath this scooped hood. Noted is a chromed
"spaceship" styled air cleaner covering floating over the 4bbls.
Part of the dress up kit on this bling power plant.
Showing nicely and original, rust free X framing and floor pans,
reworked suspension which is independent coil springs for the
front, and leaf springs on the back, and they look used but in good
condition. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and a solid exhaust
system is now on. Bird is the word...T Bird that is!
She fired right up with a low rumble, and it was off to the test
track with a snap back of my neck. Those 4 barrels kicked right in
and I was quickly transported to performance heaven. Great handler,
smooth shifter, quick bias free stopping with those drums, and all
was functioning awesomely. Due to the seat being a bit overstuffed
a taller individual will likely have difficulty getting into this
1957 never looked so good with this beautifully restored and cared
for Bird. Very few criticisms for this car where a nice job has
been performed everywhere, even underneath. If you are in the
market for a classic bird, or just want to get your wife on board
to help clean out the other side of your garage, you need to see
this spectacle of Ford design in its last year of the two seater
until Y2K. Ripe for the picking, and you can soar in style through
the neighborhood, in this "Mink Coat for Father"
D-312ci V8 4bbl 245hp
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
254839-Sequential Unit Number
COLOR EE-Colonial White
TRIM XH-Raven Black, Colonial White
PRODUCTION CODE 25C712210P-March 25th Build
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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