1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930
Lot 515
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop
£30,000 - 40,000
US$ 39,000 - 51,000

Lot Details
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. D7FH165930
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. 667 UYH
Chassis no. D7FH165930
*Imported from a Californian private collection
*Automatic transmission
*Two UK owners
*Complete with tonneau cover

Footnotes

  • 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. In its '55 Thunderbird configuration, the latter displaced 292ci (4.8 litres) and produced 193bhp, while the 'Ford-O-Matic' equipped versions were more powerful still. 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. Its success took Ford by surprise: 16,000 were sold in the first year when a total of only 10,000 had been expected, and the production run over three years exceeded 53,000.

    Understandably, 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 improved the handling. Despite its success, the original Thunderbird concept soon was abandoned and a larger - and slower - four-seat version 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. They enjoy cult status like many American cars of this period, and are very popular in the Middle East.

    This attention grabbing '57 Thunderbird has the 312ci Special V8 engine and Ford-O-Matic transmission, a combination that came with a maximum power output of 245bhp. The car was imported into the UK in September 2014 from a private collection in California, and has had only two owners in this country. Noteworthy features include a good condition soft-top folded behind the seats; electrically adjustable bench seating; new spare wheel; and an original-specification driver's rubber mat (in the boot). Acquired by the private vendor in October 2015, it benefits from new whitewall tyres and a new period-look hard-cased battery, and is described by them as in generally good condition in every respect. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.
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