Introduced as a 1955 model to compete with Chevrolet's two-year old Corvette and with the flood of two-seat sports and touring cars coming from Europe, Ford designed its Thunderbird less as a sports car and more in the context of comfortable daily driving.
Power was adequate with the 292 cubic inch Y-block V-8 of 198hp, but steadily increased, especially with the 1957 Thunderbird. Completely redesigned for a one-year only production, the '57 Thunderbird is regarded by many as the most attractive of all the 2-seat T-birds.
Longer and lower, the '57 T-bird made exceptional use of Ford's 'high-canted fenders' with their angled fins, a taller trunk lid that accommodated the spare tire inside the trunk while still having adequate luggage room. The '57 T-bird's base engine was the new 312 cubic inch V-8 rated at 245 horsepower.
The new '57 Thunderbird was a great success, selling 21,380 units, up 37% from 1956, but was replaced by the first 4-seat Thunderbird in 1958 which has made the '57, as the last of the 2-seat Thunderbirds, a desirable collector car.
This very nice 1957 Thunderbird is powered by the desirable 312 cubic inch V-8 with 245 horsepower. It has an automatic transmission, Town & Country radio, power brakes, power steering, power windows, engine dress up kit, rear wheel skirts, chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires.
A sound and attractive older restoration, it is finished in black with black and white vinyl interior, white vinyl soft top and the desirable porthole hardtop also in white. The interior is like new, the paint is in good condition, and the engine compartment is highly detailed including a correct style tar top type battery. The underbody and chassis are clean but have not been restored.
It is a great car for summer weekend driving, ideal for the collector seeking a strong, attractive, reliable and easily serviced collector car with established recognition and value in the market.
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