For Sale: 1957 Ford Thunderbird in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1957 Ford Thunderbird Roadster

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 appeal.

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 in the form of 312ci of V8 power, but the venerable 292ci V8, no slouch in and of itself, was still available. Both the hard and soft tops, fender skirts, a photo album of the build and now talk about suburban driveway jewelry envy!

When you pen a thin bodied, long hood with a scoop, and canted tail fin 2 seater car, throw on some jet age styling for the taillights, give it a hardtop option complete with a porthole window and has a convertible underneath, then take the option of putting the fender skirts on for class or keep it sporty with them off, a wrap around windshield, and some chromed trimmings, you have this car. All straight steel bathed in Colonial White paint showing very well but not without a few inclusions, bubbles and spider cracks, works with 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 the white porthole fiberglass hardtop and presents as very clean and but does have 2 pinhole wear marks and a fogged rear window in plastic. With the hardtop, convertible up and down you are basically getting 3 totally different looking cars, and the ability to use year round. Before I move on, we need to give a shout out to the 14-inch Kelsey Hayes chrome wire wheels wrapped in wide whites. Suhhh-weeeet!

Swing the door and be met with slightly yellowed white panels that have no idea what a straight line is as to their design. White vinyl mixes with machined swirl pattern aluminum inserts for the door handles and actuator. Some slight smudging and light dirt are seen on this door panel. Speaking now of the seat, it's a gorgeous white bench with tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters that curves neatly into the body styling and allows for the top to hide behind it. For the dash a big curved overhanging cowl in padded ribbed white vinyl for the topper, and more machined aluminum and a litany of round gauges and chrome bezel black knobs and pulls. An aftermarket JVC AM/FM/Cassette stereo 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 white and some white kick side panels contrasted by black carpet, and original steering wheel clean as a whistle, and you will be left awestruck...Bee-uitfuhl!

A flip of the front hinged hood and more bling with some sting with 292 cubes of "Y" block power. Painted a beautiful red, shoehorned into a totally restored engine bay, and topped with cast and ribbed polished winged valve covers. On top is a 2-barrel carb and on back a 3-speed manual tranny. The rear axle takes the brunt of this power with a 9-inch sporting 3.70 gears. Just wonderful underneath this scooped hood. Noted is a chromed "spaceship" styled air cleaner covering floating over the 2bbl. Ver-uuuuhmmmm!

Showing nicely and original, a black rust free X framing supports the Colonial White 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. Power steering is noted, drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and a solid dual exhaust system with stock style mufflers and resonators is now on. Yeeeowww-za!

She fired right up with a low rumble, and it was off to the test track with a snap back of my neck. Those 2 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.

1957 never looked so good with this beautifully restored and cared for Bird. A few criticisms for this car, but mostly those that come with an aged restoration, 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!

C-292ci V8 2bbl 212hp
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
394974-Sequential Unit Number

BODY 40-Thunderbird
COLOR EE-Colonial White
TRIM XK Colonial White
DATE 13Y-November 13th Build
TRANS 1-3 Speed Manual
AXLE 2-3.70 Conventional

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID: CC-1620504
  • Price: $29,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Colonial White
  • Interior Color:Colonial White
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:36538
  • Stock Number:4169
  • VIN:C7FH394974
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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