1957 Ford ThunderbirdWhen GIs who fought in the European Theater of
World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of
the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some
even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear
to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American-made
version of the famed two-seater open car. The two most famous of
these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome
Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the
early 50s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary
Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet's new car but chose to
develop a car along a different path. It was decided their car
would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be
powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette's Blue Flame Six"; and
that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop,
unlike the Corvette's snap-on curtains. They further decided that
it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts
interchangeability with the big Fords of that era. This Magnificent
Documented California Example is finished in Beautiful Dusk-Rose
(XE) with Beautiful White Interior, Colonial White Hardtop, and
White Soft Top. This Classic underwent an "Open Check Book"
Comprehensive Professional Restoration including Exterior,
Interior, Brightwork, Top, Brightwork, and Mechanics. The
"Dusk-Rose" Exterior Finish was "Special-Ordered" in conjunction
with Conventional Transmission, Overdrive, and Power Steering. It
comes with a comprehensive complement of amenities including:
Conventional Transmission 3 Speed Highly Desirable Overdrive Option
Functions as a "4th gear" for touring and fuel efficiency Master
Guide Power Steering Full instrumentation (all functional) Factory
Tachometer Auxiliary Gauge for Oil Pressure and Amp Telescopic
Lifeguard Steering Wheel o Fully Adjustable Directional Signals
Magicaire Heating and Defrost System
1957 Ford Thunderbird
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