1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2-Door 5.1L Frame Off Restoration

Price: US $19,057.00 Item location: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Thunderbird
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Base Convertible 2-Door
  • Year: 1957
  • Mileage: 552
  • VIN: D7FH157184
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 5.1L 5114CC 312Cu. In. V8 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Options: Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1957 Ford Thunderbird

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1957 Ford Thunderbird
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Texas Classic Cars Of DallasClassic & Special Interest Automobile Consignment & Sales
1912 W. Mockingbird LaneDallas, exas 75235
Dave at 214-213-7072 or Maris at 214-616-2317
VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/ljfwBpsrYes
Full Frame Off Restoration
New Flame Red exterior high quality paint job
Rebuilt5.1L 312 Cu. In. V8
Engine Dress-Up Kit
Rebuilt3-Speed Ford-O-Matic Transmission
Power Windows
Power Seat
RebuiltPower Steering System
RebuiltPower Brakes System
New Tan Interior& New Seat Foam
New Red Carpet
New Original Style Floor Mats
New Tan Padded Dash Cover
New AM/FM Radio W/New Antenna
New Tan Canvas Top
Porthole Hard Top W/ Off White Headliner
All New Glass
All Gauges Have Either Been RebuiltOr Replaced With Original Gauges
New Original Wiring Harness
All New Power Accessory Motors
Chrome Wire WheelsW/ Firestone Whitewall Tires
All Metal Parts Have Been PlatedW/Copper,Nickle & Chrome
All New Front & Rear Suspension
New High Efficiency Four Row Radiator
New Stainless Steel Exhaust System
Rebuilt Differential
Black Powder Coated Frame & Suspension Parts
Texas Classic Cars Of Dallas is extremely proud to showcase this beautifully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird.This 1957 Thunderbird has been treated to a no expense spared, ut and bolt restoration, inished in beautiful Flame Red paint accented by a very clean Tan interior and Fitted with both tops, Beige soft top and a red Porthole Hardtop with off white vinyl headliner.
This bird is powered by an original 312 ci V8 mated to a Ford-O-Matic 3 speed automatic transmissio, both completely rebuilt, ew radiator, nd a 4 barrel carburetor, ower steering, ower brake, power seat, ender skirts, ire wheels with wide whites, ew glass, nd AM / FM radio. Mechanically, ll aspects of this American icon have been refurbished and rebuilt and or replaced with much attention to detail and drivability. Every angle of the car looks as good as or better than new. Our test drive revealed the best driving T-bird that we have seen. Cosmetically, he paint, hrome, nterior, ngine compartment and underside are breathtaking. Documentation includes progress photos of the restoration, nd owners manual. Every aspect of this car has been gone though and throug, ither rebuilt or replaced.
The body on this T-Bird is super straight, he paint showsextremelywell and it is unbelievable how clean and solid the undercarriage is. These first generation "Baby Birds" are becoming more and more popular by the day so please call soon because it certainly will not be here for long.
It does not get better than this. One of the most exquisite examples that money can buy. A must for any collection.All said and done, he current owner has approximately $100,000. invested in this show-ready car. This car starts, dles, uns, ccelerates, rakes and rides like new. Even theundercarriageof the car is in wonderful condition, lack powder-coated frame & suspension parts to a high gloss. We are confident that the next owner of this automobile will be nothing but thrilled at every opportunity to show and drive this Thunderbird.
The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet's new sports car, he Corvette, hich was publicly unveiled in prototype form just a month before. Under rapid development, he Thunderbird went from idea to prototype in about a year, eing unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 954. It was a two-seat design available with a detachable Fiberglass hard top and a folding fabric top. Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954 on September 9 with the car beginning sales as a 1955 model on October 22, 954.
Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time, uch as single, ircular headlamps and tail lamps and modest tail fins, he Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, nd had features like a hood scoop and a 150 mph (240 km/h) speedometer hinting a higher performance nature that other Fords didn't possess. Mechanically though, he 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.
With the Thunderbird considered a success, ew 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, nd an optional porthole in the removable roof was offered and often selected by buyers. However, he addition of the weight at the rear caused steering issues. Among the few other changes were new paint colors, he addition of circular porthole windows as standard in the fiberglass roof to improve rearward visibility, nd 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 2-speed automatic transmission; this transmission featured a "low gear", hich was accessible only via the gear selector. When in "Drive", t was a 2-speed automatic transmission (similar to Chevrolet's Powerglide).(Low gear could also be accessed with wide open throttle.)
The Thunderbird was revised for 1957 with a reshaped front bumper, larger grille and tail fins, nd larger tail lamps. The instrument panel was heavily re-styled with round gauges in a single pod, nd the rear of the car was lengthened, llowing the spare tire to be positioned back in the trunk. The 312 cu in (5.1 L) V8 became the Thunderbird's standard engine, nd now produced 245 horsepower (183 kW). Other, ven 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, ompany executives felt the car could do even better, eading to a substantial redesign of the car for 1958.
Purchased and restored in Tennessee, he proud owner brought it here to Texas where is resides now. There have been just over 500 miles logged on the car since it's restoration.
This is truly one of the finest restorations we have seen in all of our 9 years in business.
The attention to detail is amazing.
As you can see, he restoration colors are not original to the car. The owner preferred the red and tan color combination.

We hope you enjoyed our presentation. This beautiful Thunderbird is available to view by appointment only.

For further questions feel free to contact Dave at 214-213-7072 or Maris at 214-616-2317




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