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1957 Thunderbird E Bird Dual Quad Fully Restored

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I am pleased to offer this striking fully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird with factory 312 CI Motor, dual quads and 3-speed transmission with overdrive. VIN # E7FH227069.

This Ford Thunderbird is an example of one of the best years of the Thunderbird model run and represents a bygone era of Ford cars that will never be seen again…

The condition of this car is very nice and very well presented. The car shows very few signs of age and shows 76,000 miles on the odometer. Owner believes that he is the fourth owner from new.

Notable options include, power brakes and a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Please note that the car has a correct 3-speed manual transmission.


BODY:

This Thunderbird wears the factory correct Torch Red paint, although the original color was Copper Bronze, according to the body tag. All of the body panels are ripple, dent, and rust free and have never had any sort of body or accident damage.

The paint is in very good overall condition, having been professionally restored approximately last year. There is no checking, fading, or cracking evident in the finish. The glass and seals are in excellent condition and there are no leaks evident.

INTERIOR:

The interior is trimmed in the correct white interior. The seating areas are in perfect condition, as are the door panels and dashboard. The carpet is factory correct and was recently installed.

All of the accessories, including the climate control, AM radio (factory installed), are in perfect working order. The owner also has a complete original factory air conditioning system (not installed in the car) that will be included in the sale. The new owner can easily install it in the car whenever he or she chooses.

All of the windows roll up and down and work perfectly. The trunk is in very nice condition, the trunk covering is in excellent condition with no rips, tears, or missing pieces, and the spare tire and wheel are in good condition.

UNDERCARRIAGE:

The underside of the car is commensurate with a well cared for car. Again, it is extremely solid and very well preserved, with no evidence of any damage. While it has been previously restored a number of years ago and is no longer in concours condition, it is in very nice and presentable condition. A new gas tank, fuel and brake lines have also been recently installed.

ENGINE and ENGINE COMPARTMENT:

The powerplant in this Thunderbid is the original “E” Code 312 cubic inch motor with 270 horsepower. It was completely rebuilt approximately 1,000 miles ago. All aspects of the motor are in perfect working order and the compression ratio is exactly where it should be.

The engine bay is completely original, with all components in operational condition. Every detail of the engine compartment is “FoMoCo Correct” and well preserved. There is some very minor wear to certain painted surfaces due to age, but overall, it is very presentable.

TIRES AND WHEELS:

The tires are in new condition and do not show any wear. They are the correct and original style and size but are radials for comfort and safety.

The wheels are Kelsey Hayes Thunderbird wheels and are in like-new condition, with very minimal wear evident. All of the center caps are original with sharp graphics and are also in very nice condition.

OVERALL DRIVING IMPRESSIONS:

This Thunderbird runs and drives as it should – It’s barely broken in! The 312 CI V8 powerplant runs and accelerates smoothly and very quickly and the 3-speed transmission with overdrive shifts nicely.

The car drives around town and on the open road with no squeaks, creaks, or rattles. It has had all of the necessary service recently performed including oil-change, tune up, installation of new battery, and transmission and differential service. It needs absolutely nothing to drive, show, and enjoy. All of the mechanical aspects of the car work as they should be.

NOTES FROM THE RESTORER:

- Restoration was done in 2010
- Repainted in base coat clear
- Interior is in excellent condition
- Dashpad is new
- Chrome - 85% has been replaced
- Stainless has been polished
- New tires
- New gas tank
- New front and rear springs
- New shocks
- Completely rebuilt front end (upper and lower)
- Undercarriage from firewall forward is frame off
- Replacement outer rockers
- Very solid car
- Rebuilt motor and trans have less than 500 miles (done 10 years ago)
- New exhaust
- Distributor, generator and starter rebuilt
- #'s matching original per date codes
- Original dual quad carb setup correct to this motor



PLEASE NOTE:

This 1957 Ford still retains all of its original or N.O.S. components! This means the engine, transmission, rear end, etc. are original or correct to the car. All of the numbers, markings, etc., are correct. THIS THUNDERBIRD HAS NEVER BEEN MODIFIED IN ANY WAY! It is an original and very special car that, as evidenced by the low mileage and condition, has been driven very sparingly and properly cared for during the last 54 years…

According to the seller, "this Thunderbird is the most solid, unmolested, and original example I have ever seen! If you’ve never driven a Thunderbird of this period, you are in for a treat with this one!

If you are serious about purchasing this vehicle, I encourage you to come, take a look, and drive it. I can also provide you with additional photos of any specific part that you request. You or your mechanic are also welcome to put the car on a lift and perform any drivetrain inspection you wish, including a compression check."

PLEASE DO NOT WASTE MY TIME OR YOURS BIDDING ON A VEHICLE YOU DO NOT INTEND TO PAY FOR. IF YOU BID ON THIS VEHICLE AND WIN, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THE VEHICLE AND PICK IT UP IN A TIMELY MANNER!


For more on the 1957 Ford Thunderbird, read on…





Evoking the mythological creature of Indigenous peoples of North America, the Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car. Rather, Ford created a new market segment, the Personal Car to position it.

In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized in 1977, again in 1980, and once again in 1983. Sales were good until the 1990s, when large 2-door coupes became unpopular; production ceased at the end of 1997.

In 2002 production of the Thunderbird started again, a revived 2-seat model was launched, which was available through the end of the 2005 model year. From its introduction in 1955 to its most recent departure in 2005, Ford has produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds.[1]

A smaller two-seater sports roadster was created at the behest of Henry Ford II in 1953 called the Vega. The completed one-off generated interest at the time, but had meager power, European looks, and a correspondingly high cost, so it never proceeded to production. The Thunderbird was similar in concept, but would be more American in style, more luxurious, and less sport-oriented.

The men and their teams generally credited with the creation of the original Thunderbird are: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM executive lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II; George Walker, chief stylist and a Ford vice-president; Frank Hershey, chief stylist for Ford Division; Bill Boyer, designer Body Development Studio who became manager of Thunderbird Studio in spring of 1955, and Bill Burnett, chief engineer. Ford Designer William P. Boyer was lead stylist on the original 1955 two-seater Thunderbird and also had a hand in designing the future series of Thunderbirds including the 30th Anniversary Edition.

Hershey's participation in the creation of the Thunderbird was more administrative than artistic. Crusoe and Walker met in France in October 1951. Walking in the Grand Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, 'Why can’t we have something like that?' Some versions of the story claim that Walker replied by telling Crusoe, "oh, we're working on it"...although if anything existed at the time beyond casual dream-car sketches by members of the design staff, records of it have never come to light.

Walker promptly telephoned Ford's HQ in Dearborn and told designer Frank Hershey about the conversation with Crusoe. Hershey took the idea and began working on the vehicle. The concept was for a two-passenger open car, with a target weight of 2525 lb (1145 kg), an Interceptor V8 engine based on the forthcoming overhead-valve Ford V8 slated for 1954 model year introduction, and a top speed of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a painted clay model on May 18, 1953, which corresponded closely to the final car; he gave the car the go-ahead in September after comparing it with current European trends. After Henry Ford II returned from the Los Angeles Auto Show (Autorama) in 1953 he approved the final design concept to compete with the then new Corvette.

The name was not among the thousands proposed, including rejected options such as Apache (the original name of the P-51 Mustang), Falcon (owned by Chrysler at the time),[2] Eagle, Tropicale, Hawaiian, and Thunderbolt.[3] Rather, it was suggested to the designer and, in the hurry-up mood of the project, accepted.[3]

First generation (1955–1957)

1957 Ford Thunderbird

The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet's new sports car, the Corvette, which was publicly unveiled in prototype form just a month before. Under rapid development, the Thunderbird went from idea to prototype in about a year, being unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954.

Like the Corvette, the Thunderbird had a two-seat coupe/convertible layout. Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954 on September 9 with the car beginning sales as a 1955 model on October 22, 1954. Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time, such as single, circular headlamps and tail lamps and modest tailfins, the Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, and had features like a faux hood scoop and a 150 mph (240 km/h) speedometer hinting a higher performance nature that other Fords didn't possess.

Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other mainstream Fords. The Thunderbird's 102.0 inches (2,591 mm) wheelbase frame was mostly a shortened version of that used in other Fords while the car's standard 292 cu in (4.8 L) Y-block V8 came from Ford's Mercury division.[4]

Though inspired by, and positioned directly against, the Corvette, Ford billed the Thunderbird as a personal luxury car, putting a greater emphasis on the car's comfort and convenience features rather than its inherent sportiness.[4] Designations aside, the Thunderbird sold exceptionally well in its first year. In fact, the Thunderbird outsold the Corvette by more than 23-to-one for 1955 with 16,155 Thunderbirds sold against 700 Corvettes.[5]

With the Thunderbird considered a success, few changes were made to the car for 1956. The most notable change was moving the spare tire to a continental-style rear bumper in order to make more storage room in the trunk. However, the addition of the weight at the rear caused steering issues, and was changed back in 1957.

Among the few other changes were new paint colors, the addition of circular porthole windows in the fiberglass roof to improve rearward visibility, and a 312 cu in (5.1 L) Y-block V8 making 215 horsepower (160 kW) when mated to a 3-speed manual transmission or 225 horsepower (168 kW) when mated to a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission.

The Thunderbird was revised for 1957 with a reshaped front bumper, a larger grille and tailfins, and larger tail lamps. The 312 cu in (5.1 L) V8 became the Thunderbird's standard engine, and now produced 245 horsepower (183 kW). Other, even more powerful versions of the 312 cu in (5.1 L) V8 were available including one with two four-barrel Holley carburetors and another with a Paxton supercharger delivering 300 horsepower (220 kW). Though Ford was pleased to see sales of the Thunderbird rise to a record-breaking 21,380 units for 1957, company executives felt the car could do even better, leading to a substantial redesign of the car for 1958.

References:

? ^ a b c Tast, Alan H. and David Newhardt. THUNDERBIRD FIFTY YEARS. Motorbooks. October 15, 2004.

? ^ Witzenburg, Gary. "The Name Game", Motor Trend, 4/84, p.82.

? ^ a b Witzenburg, p.86.

? ^ a b c d e f Edmunds Inc. "Ford Thunderbird History." 2009. http://www.edmunds.com/ford/thunderbird/history.html

? ^ Gower, Colin. GREATEST AMERICAN CARS. January 1, 2004. Colin Gower Enterprises, Ltd.



1957 Thunderbird EBird

Beautiful Interior

Original Motor

Solid Underside

Original Build Sheet


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In Summary

- A super '57 E bird

- Very nicely restored

- A truly classic piece of American auto history

- Original build sheet to verify options

- Own it, drive it or show it - you'll be proud to own this car

Vehicle Condition


I have not personally inspected or photographed this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I know the owner personally and he and his family are well known and very astute collectors. This Thunderbird is very nicely presented. Great colors and a very solid car. Feel free to ask questions about this car and I will get them answered quickly.

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This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.

Buyer is responsible for cost of shipping but seller may be able to assist in arranging shipping. I can be reached at (630) 567-0066 to discuss the item.

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