1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663

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Exquisite restoration by Prestige Thunderbirds
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD

Sold for US$ 38,500 inc. premium
1957 Ford Thunderbird

Chassis no. D7FH334663

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

*Exquisite restoration by Prestige Thunderbirds
*Finished in striking Black over Turquoise livery
*Equipped with many power amenities and hardtop
*Classic and Elegant V8 Powered Americana
*The last year of the two-seat Thunderbird



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.

A low, sleek two-seater, the Thunderbird offered amenities not found in the competing Chevrolet Corvette, most particularly rollup windows, offering comfort and convenience options tailored to an affluent market.
Ford's product planners hit the market dead center and over 16,000 Thunderbirds were assembled in the 1955 model year.

There were few alterations made for the '56 season, 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 thoroughgoing 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 would improve the handling. Despite its success, the original Thunderbird concept was soon 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, and are highly regarded by collectors for their unique design, abundant creature comforts and the performance of their Ford V-8 engines.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Dearborn, Michigan Ford plant, this 1957 Thunderbird D-Code is believe to have been sold new in San Diego, California. The Thunderbird is said to have remained with its first owner until the early 1980s, when a fellow San Diegan pro golfer purchased it. The Ford remained in this ownership until the early 2000s when the consignor purchased it. Although in need of a restoration, the car is said to have been very dry and original at this point.

Soon after, a complete nut and bolt restoration was begun by a group of local San Diego based restorers, but after being a few years into the process, the consignor decided to hand the project over to Los Angeles based marque specialists - Prestige Thunderbirds. The work order was to restore the car to show winning condition and Prestige Thunderbirds would soon after set out to do just that, beginning a full disassembly of the car. The body was lifted off the frame, and parts and pieces re-finished throughout. All work was done to factory specifications, and to a very high standard. A striking livery of Black over Turquoise and White interior was chosen for the car, making it look so very 1950s. A few thoughtful mechanical upgrades were made to the car, such as the installment of a dual master brake cylinder, and a seven-blade cooling fan for drivability.

This expertly restored 1957 Thunderbird is handsomely equipped with Power Steering, Power Brakes, a Hardtop and a classic Town & Country radio. Since the restoration, the car has been used sparingly and kept in the consignors San Diego-based climate controlled garage. The Thunderbird is offered with the original owner's manual, dealer brochures and tons of documentation. A striking example in every regard, one should be very please with this beautiful example of Ford's classic Thunderbird.
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1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
1957 Ford Thunderbird  Chassis no. D7FH334663
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