Top-down, two-seat motoring is supposed to be the ultimate
expression personal luxury, and this 1957 Ford Thunderbird does
that perfectly. Great colors, two tops, and plenty of power from
the Y-block V8 make for the ultimate head-turning easy cruiser.
A first generation T-bird rendered in Colonial White has the appeal of driving around fine China. The graceful color just has a way of rendering the lines that give this vintage roadster a timeless elegance. There's nice panel alignment so you can close the doors with confidence, fender skirts that follow the contour of the body, and a snug-fitting folding roof that looks great with a contrasting black that is as appealing as the whitewall tires. Plus, plenty of chrome keeps this a '50s icon, and the exhaust still exits neatly through the rear bumper. Of course for the ultimate in American Graffiti-style cruising, there's white removable hardtop with iconic porthole windows.
Red interiors always look fantastic on white cars. Thoughtful luxury was a true hallmark of this classic, and so that's why this very original interior still feels luxurious six decades later. It remains a great car to hop in anytime thanks to original components like the power windows, heat/defrost, as well as more modern upgrades like the AM/FM/cassette player that has a bright knob-style appearance. 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 is some real substance. This D-code T-bird correctly has the larger 312 cubic-inch V8, and it inhales deeply through a correct Holley four-barrel carburetor. This gives plenty of authority to the sound out of the dual exhaust. Power steering, power brakes, and a three-speed automatic transmissions means Ford's personal convertible delivers on its luxury cruising promise.
Beautifully executed and priced right, you've always wanted a white T-bird and this turnkey example has all the right features. But remember, you are not the only one with Suzanne Somers fantasies, so hurry up and call today!
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.