Lot 88

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1957 Ford Thunderbird

SOLD $68,750


$70,000 - $80,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Timeless Landmark Design
Detailed Frame-Off Restoration
Removable Porthole Hardtop
Formerly Part of the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection
Well-Equipped with Desirable Options

Technical Specs

312 CID OHV V-8 Engine
4-Barrel Holley Carburetor
245 BHP at 4,500 RPM
3-Speed Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Leaf Springs
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Ford’s Thunderbird of 1957 has long been considered one of the most collectible American cars, having a look that truly defines the era. A frame-off restoration likely completed within the past 10 years for renowned collector John Staluppi, as part of his Cars of Dreams Collection, makes this example the beauty it is today. The quality of the restoration is evident in every detail of this car, from the mirror finish of the paint and chrome to the fine details in the engine compartment, and it has been driven just over 700 miles since.

Its impressive options and accessories make this early Thunderbird especially collectible. Kelsey-Hayes-type wire wheels, an engine dress-up kit, and its correct porthole removable hardtop add even more to this already most stylish of automobiles. Other optional equipment adding significantly to the driver’s comfort and confidence are power steering, power brakes, Ford-O-Matic transmission, correct Town and Country signal-seeking radio, and a Thunderbird-specific aftermarket air-conditioning system. These optional accoutrements make driving this classic a pleasure on modern roads.

Finished in its original factory paint scheme of Colonial White with Flame Red interior, this fine Thunderbird can be enjoyed on tours or at exhibitions, where it is sure to turn heads.