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In October 1956, Ford introduced the 1957 Thunderbird, the final iteration of its very successful two-seat convertible. The 1957 model received many styling changes, including a revised front grille, graceful fins, and a 6" longer body, allowing the spare tire to be moved from the rear bumper into the trunk compartment. Inside, there was a revised instrument panel and updated upholstery. A padded dash and deeply dished steering wheel were touted as “Lifeguard Design” safety features.
According to its data plate, this lovely Thunderbird was produced on June 14, 1957, finished in Colonial White with a Colonial pleated vinyl interior. It featured the 312 cid “Thunderbird Special” V-8 engine and Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission. The consignor says he initially purchased this Thunderbird from its original owner in 1962. In the early 2000s, he traded the car to friend and noted collector Ken McBride, who treated it to a restoration. True to McBride’s word, when it came time to part with the completed car, the beautiful triple-white Thunderbird was sold back to the consignor.
The cosmetic and mechanical restoration, completed in 2007, presents very well today. Accompanied by a spare, jack, owner’s manual, and extensive maintenance and restoration receipts, this 1957 Thunderbird presents the successful bidder the opportunity to own one of the last of Ford’s original two-seater “personal cars.”