THUNDERBIRD 1957, very rare as finished in ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and original Triple White with the fantastic exterior Colonial White that looks really spectacular luster with the white interior, the white softtop and the white Porthole hardtop, fully detailed presented in top driven Concours Conditionto be shown with mirrors presenting the fabulous underchassis, this frame off, full restoration has the original and rebuilt Thunderbird Special V-8 with a 312cid displacement and a 4v carberator setup, the engine bay is finished to fantastic factory standards, the whole car is completely detailed with final professional ‘finishing’ just completed, also full mechanicals and brakes out of the Fraser Dante shop, here are graceful fins and body lines but inside the instrument panel was redesigned with clustered dials of the dash pod, Powered by the start of the modern day short stroke overhead valve V8 engines, designed with a long 3.80” bore and a 3.44”, with 9.7 to 1 compression, this engine can use pump gas with a bit of lead additive in today’s modern world, this original engine is completely rebuilt with all pistons, bearings, crank tuned, full head work with all new lifters, the compression is better than when the car was new, has a proper show ‘dress up kit’ with the correct finned valve covers to present just really great, this has only final test miles to ensure top operating condition, the rebuilt Fordomatic automatic transmission is reworked and shifts perfect in the final testing just completed, Other specs include the factory power steering and power brakes that both work perfectly, has the Town and Country radio with rare trunk mounted antenna, the braking system is freshly checked, this is restored in a complete frame-off restoration accomplished to the highest standards both mechanically as well as cosmetically with ‘love’ in the build, see www.fraserdante.com for further information and full inventory
Hollywood celebrity memorabilia sale featured personal items from the ‘screen goddess’ that garnered astronomical bids
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.