<i>From the William "Bill" Fuenfhausen Collection</i><br /><b>1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE  <br /></b>Chassis no. D7FH120130
Lot 304
From the William "Bill" Fuenfhausen Collection
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis no. D7FH120130

Without reserve
Sold for US$ 39,600 inc. premium

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From the William "Bill" Fuenfhausen Collection
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Chassis no. D7FH120130

312ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Carburetor
245bhp at 4,500rpm
Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Power Drum Brakes


*Exceptionally well-restored example
*Striking color combination
*Highly optioned example with power steering and brakes
*The last year for the classic Thunderbird
*Offered with restoration receipts



THE FORD THUNDERBIRD

Conceived to challenge Chevrolet's Corvette sports car, the iconic Thunderbird debuted in October 1954 and was one of the first models produced with Ford's new overhead-valve V8 engine. Introduced in two-seat 'personal car' form, the Thunderbird was intended to appeal to image-conscious younger customers, and beat the Corvette hands down in the sales war thanks to its superior V8 engine and greater refinement.

Understandably, there were few alterations made for the '56 model year, the most obvious being the relocation of the spare wheel to the outside of the trunk in 'Continental Kit' style, while a 312ci, 215bhp Thunderbird Special V8 was added to the engine options. A more extensive re-style for 1957 saw the adoption of a longer tail section featuring prominent fins. This alteration provided greater luggage space while enabling the spare wheel to be relocated in the boot, a move that improved the handling. Despite its success, the original Thunderbird concept soon was abandoned and a larger—and slower—four-seat version was introduced for 1958, a move that turned the early two-seater cars into collectors' items almost overnight.

Today, the original 1955-57 Thunderbirds are among the most desirable and sought after of all post-war American automobiles.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered from the personal collection of the late William "Bill" Fuenfhausen, the Liberty, Missouri based 1955-57 Thunderbird guru, the high expectations one would have of this car are quickly satisfied upon close inspection. Built at Ford's Dearborn factory, this D-code Thunderbird was equipped with the Thunderbird Special V8 engine package, and was according to the body tag finished in Raven Black with a red interior, just as it appears today.

The Thunderbird was purchased by Mr. Fuenfhausen in 2006 from the widow of Stan Boos, the Ford dealer in Hiawatha, Kansas. Fuenfhausen soon embarked on a thorough restoration of the aging Thunderbird, during which both mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the car were carefully refurbished. Numerous receipts can be found in the Thunderbird's history file, clearly specifying the work performed. Few Thunderbirds have been restored to this level, and as finished in the striking Raven Black over delightfully contrasting red interior and tan soft top, this fine example truly stands out.

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