<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834

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Lot 376¤
From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen
1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible
Chassis no. E7FH277834

Without reserve

Sold for US$ 35,200 inc. premium
From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen
1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible
Chassis no. E7FH277834
312ci OHV V8 Engine
2 4-Barrel Carburetors
270bhp at 4,800rpm
Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Desirable E-Code Thunderbird
*Well-sorted condition
*Part of the Fuenfhausen collection for 25 years
*Offered with copies of the factory built sheets
*Charming open top cruiser with excellent power


The Ford Thunderbird

First shown at the Detroit Auto Show in February 1954, it entered production that September. Its sleek two-seater body displayed many contemporary Ford design cues, and available power trains came from the regular Ford catalog. All cars had the 292 cubic inch "Y-Block" V8, while transmission choices included standard three-speed manual, manual-with-overdrive, or the popular self-shifting Ford-O-Matic.

For 1956, the Thunderbird was given a few subtle changes. The spare tire, which had intruded on luggage space, was relocated to a "Continental" mounting on the rear bumper. An optional 312 cubic inch Thunderbird Special engine made 225bhp with Ford-O-Matic.

More extensive changes were made for 1957, comprising a new grille, dashboard and subtly sculpted fins on the rear fenders. While the standard engine was still the 292, there were four versions of the 312, with power ratings up to 300bhp. Most potent was the "F-Code" unit, which used a single four-barrel carburetor force-fed by a McCulloch supercharger. Not far behind was the "E-Code" normally-aspirated engine, developing 270bhp with twin four-barrels, 285 with an optional special cam.

Although the supercharged "F-Code" Thunderbird is the rarest and most powerful model, the twin-four-barrel E-Code is considered by many to be the better driver's car. Of the 21,380 Thunderbirds produced in 1957, only 1,363 had the box ticked for the E-Code option.

The Motorcar Offered

According to a copy of Ford Motor Company's built sheets, this Thunderbird was delivered new though Gil Webber Motor Company of Kansa City, Missouri. The build sheet further reveals a long list of options, and the desirable E-Code two four-barrel engine specification. An old Missouri Certificate of Title also accompanying the sale of this Thunderbird indicates it was first registered in Kansas City, Missouri on August 6, 1957.

Purchased by Mr. Fuenfhausen in March of 1989, this Thunderbird has remained in his collection ever since. The car's history file includes many receipts for restoration and service work, clearly indicating Mr. Fuenfhausen's devoted care for this fine Thunderbird.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this Thunderbird is mis-attributed and is in fact offered from the William "Bill" Fuenfhausen Collection. Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.
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<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
<i>From the Collection of Ronald Fuenfhausen</i><br /><B>1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible </b><br />Chassis no. E7FH277834
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