1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
The Ford Thunderbird began life in 1953 and debuted in 1954 as Ford's sleek two-seater in response to the Chevrolet Corvette. Unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show, it was embraced by the public and was immediately and warmly received. Production began in September 1954 as 1955 model. Sporty, trimly proportioned and all-steel construction, the Thunderbird was powered by a 292ci V8 engine and equipped with a removable hardtop, as well as plenty of standard and optional features and amenities. With 16,155 examples sold during its inaugural model year, it was clear Ford had a successful entry into the American sports car market.Redesigned for 1957, the final two-seater Thunderbirds are considered by many collectors and enthusiasts today as the most beautiful of all produced. The front bumper was smoothed out and dropped down in the center, the trunk extended to accommodate the spare wheel repositioned inside the car, and a pair of neat canted tailfins flowed back along the rear fenders to the large, rounded taillights. Smaller-diameter 14-inch wheels lowered the car for a sportier stance, and several high-performance engines were offered, up to a 285hp racing special. The 312ci V8 became the Thunderbird's standard engine, and now produced 245hp. Sales rose briskly to 21,380 for 1957, but it would in fact be the final model year for the two-seater Thunderbird.Sleek and sporty, this beautiful 1957 Thunderbird presents itself remarkably, as it has been garaged, stored and covered since its older restoration. Equipped with power steering, power brakes and power windows, it is powered by the 312ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor and 'Ford-O-Matic' transmission. Now ready for an enjoyable and comfortable driving experience with wire wheels, CD, AM/FM radio, two tops (red port-a-window hardtop and a white soft-top). With only 500 miles since Amos Minter's recondition of paint, interior, carpet, trunk liner, chrome and windows, this example will make for an enjoyable driving experience, standing out as one of the most iconic convertibles ever produced.
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