CALIFORNIA "E CODE" Ford produced the first generation Thunderbirds in 1955, 1956 and 1957. They were actually produced on an assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan. This Thunderbird we offer is an "E Code". built car, meaning it has a package that includes duel 4 barrel carburetors with duel air cleaners, aluminum intake manifold, modified heads and cam, as well as a heavy duty Fordomatic transmission. This special engine develops 285HP from a 312 cubic inch V8 block. Of the 21,380 T-birds built in 1957, there were only 1,363 of the "E-Code" cars made. The original blue exterior paint was redone in 2006. This car comes with both hard and soft tops, and is equipped with P/S, P/B, P/top and tinted glass.
Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.