The evolution of the Thunderbird took a leap forward in 1957 when
the Ford designers were tasked with improving this boulevard
cruiser/sports car. Restyled grill, stretched rear sheet metal,
fresh bumper designs and improved seating. Less visible
improvements included larger openings for improved cooling, revised
spring rates, larger brakes, stiffer chassis crossmembers, a
12-volt electrical system and new 14" wheels. The created a more
stable and capable handling Thunderbird, with its spare tire back
in the trunk. This was the last year of the 2 seater
This 1957 Bird has the E-Model or E-Code engine - 312 ci with 270 HP and dual four barrel carbs. This car has an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes, Power-Lift windows, Dial-O-Matic 4 way power seat, and soft and hard tops. Included is a Town & Country Radio, Deluxe Deck mounted antenna, and MagicAire Heater.
Only 1,363 E-Code cars were ever made.
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.