First generation T-birds are all about style, and this 1957 Ford
Thunderbird does it the best. With an unbeatable factory color
combination, amazing interior, and a rebuilt V8 with only about 100
miles it, this complete package is desire on wheels.
One of the world's most beloved cars, there's just no way to make a '57 Thunderbird look bad. But when you get it right, they can be downright amazing, and the high-quality finish on this two-seater is a testament to a life well lived. The professional repaint of the factory-correct code-A Raven Black has a near mirror-like quality when the sunshine hits the scooped hood. It's set off with uniform gaps all around (particularly the hard-to-fit doors), and the optional fender skirts make it look long and sleek. Nice chrome accentuates this '50s icon, and the exhaust still exits neatly through the rear bumper. The bright factory wheel covers with white F-O-R-D centers look great, and match perfectly with the whitewall tires. Plus, you have the choice between a folding black convertible roof for when weather unexpectedly turns bad, or the matching black hardtop with iconic portholes gives it a great coupe silhouette.
Red interiors always look fantastic on black cars. In fact, the factory-correct Flame Red has so much style, just looking at this T-bird it radiates like liquid-hot lava ready to overflow the moment you open the door. Style and luxury were the true hallmarks of this classic, and that's why it came with rare features for its time, like the power windows. Not only do those function perfectly, but so do other original components like the heat and defrost. It's all displayed in a machine-turned panel that flows across both doors and the dash. This frames many of the intricate styling touches such as logo embossed side panels and red/chrome steering wheel. Beyond that you could see the Ford Thunderbird was getting serious about competing with the Corvette with its full gauge package, including the large speedometer prominently in the center.
When you open the hood, you'll appreciate seeing nice elements like the pie dish air cleaner, big red block, and Thunderbird-specific valve covers. But beneath the aesthetics of that great looking engine bay (do you see the date stamps, too!?) is some real substance. This 312 cubic-inch V8 codes back correctly to 1957, but it was rebuilt around 100 miles ago to include hardened valve seats, bored block, new pistons, and a new cam. It inhales deeply through a four-barrel carburetor and exhales with authority through an enhanced dual exhaust system. But this is no muscle car. So while you can get some serious performance out of the three-speed manual transmission; you also have the control to settle into the nice and comfortable ride provided by Ford's personal luxury convertible.
Complete with owner's manual, this is the last year for the first-generation T-bird. And with stunning looks and compete control over the rebuilt V8, this final-year two-person icon is presented in the best way you could ever want. Call today!!
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.
The Ford Thunderbird has gone through many iterations during its design and market focus.
After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public.