From the collection of legendary country music star, Jim
Extremely rare e-code model; one of only 1441 built!
Believed to be only 26,000 original miles!
E-code 312 cu in/270 hp with factory dual 4-barrel carburetors
Removable porthole hardtop
Chrome wire wheels
Town and Country push-button radio
Tremendous investment potential!
A collector’s dream!
In response to the Thunderbird’s biggest rival, the Chevrolet
Corvette, Ford would introduce some big changes for the 1957 model
year. The modifications included a face lift which consisted of a
reshaped front bumper and an enlarged grill while the rear end was
fitted with larger rear fins and tail lights, allowing the spare
tire to re-enter the trunk compartment. Fourteen inch wheels helped
to give the vehicle a lower stance while updated interior trim and
a newly designed dashboard helped customers feel more invited and
sophisticated. Optional during the 1957 model year was the E-code
set up, which unleashed the full potential of the Ford 312 V8
engine. Featuring increased head flow, aluminum intake and dual
Holley 4-barrel carburetors, the E-code engine was capable of 270
horsepower which allowed the Thunderbird to really fly. Of the
21,380 1957 Thunderbirds only 1,441 would leave the factory with
the E-code set up, thus rendering it a rare and desirable
The 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code featured here is finished in classic Colonial White with a beautiful black and white interior. It was recently released from the personal collection of country music superstar, Jim Owen. Showing 26,123 miles, it has been wonderfully restored and comes well equipped with its “port hole” hardtop, chrome wire wheels, fender skirts, power features, and more. We are proud to offer it to the most sophisticated collector, investor, or enthusiast who understands and appreciates the provenance of this Great American Classic. Ready to make an investment that you can actually enjoy? Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last ten years. Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at (314)291-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions that you may have. Buy with confidence.
BIOGRAPHY OF JIM OWEN:
Jim Owen is an American singer/songwriter. When he was a child, Owen saw Hank Williams Sr. perform became fascinated with the star and his music. After completing his education, he relocated to Nashville to work as a songwriter. Over the next few years, several artists topped the charts with songs that Owen had written. He never lost his obsession with Hank Williams and begun to impersonate his idol by practicing his mannerisms and stage presentation. Owen is the recipient of two Emmy awards, one for "Hank," a PBS television special, and another for his portrayal of Hank Williams Sr. in a made for TV movie that he both wrote and starred in. He garnered an Emmy nomination for "Hank Williams: The Man and His Music". He produced "An Evening With Hank Williams", a one-man live stage show which featured backing tracks provided by Hank’s band "The Drifting Cowboys". In 1985, he wrote and produced a 10-hour Hank Williams radio tribute which was broadcasted throughout the U.S. on New Year’s Day. Owen has also appeared as Williams at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas and at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He still writes songs and, at times, works as an auctioneer near his Tennessee home. While he is also known for his collection of classic cars, he is most recognized amongst country music fans all over the world.
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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.