|Sale by dealer or Private party?||Private Party|
|Exterior Color||Flame Red|
|Seller reported accidents||No|
This is a 1957 Ford Thunderbird finished in a striking Flame Red (paint code #M0640) over a matching red vinyl interior. It is powered by a 5.1-liter V8 paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. The Ford Thunderbird was produced over the span of more than 50 years and 11 generations. In its nascent years of 1954 to 1957, the Ford Thunderbird was designed to rival the Chevrolet Corvette - though it was intended more as a personal luxury cruiser than its sportier adversary. Roughly 16,000 Thunderbirds were sold in its first year of production, outselling the Corvette 23-to-one. 1957 saw 21,380 T-Birds sold, making it the most successful and desirable year of the first generation, after which Ford added a back seat and made other adjustments to make the model more spacious; the result being that first generation T-Birds are commonly referred to as “Baby Birds.” This stylish red Ford Thunderbird is currently registered in Quebec with a clean and (Normal) status. The odometer reads approximately 74k-miles.
For US bidders, this Thunderbird is directly importable without modification as it is EPA & DOT exempt being greater than 25 years old. For more information on transport/import please visit our Transport/Import page here.
This removable hardtop coupe sports a wire mesh grille framed by rounded headlights with deep eyebrows overtop. Diagonal louvres and Thunderbird script sit atop the fenders and a scoop centres the hood along with the wingspan Thunderbird badging above the grille. As of this model year, fog lights were first integrated into the front bumper, and wide exhaust outlets were integrated into the back bumper. The curved bezels of the windshield, hard top, and windows, the car’s bumpers, the hood scoop slats, and the flared edge of the rear fender skirts are all made of chrome, complementing the car’s durable steel, low riding body. The rear fascia of the car features sharply sculpted tail fins, round tail lights, and another wingspan Thunderbird emblem featuring prominently on the trunk lid. Unique porthole windows are positioned on either side of the car’s fibreglass hardtop, and a small side view mirror is mounted on the driver's side door. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird is 175 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 52 inches high, with a 102 inch wheelbase and a curb weight of 3,308 lbs. It rides on 14” wheels with bright aluminium Ford hubcaps and whitewall Firestone tires with 11” drum brakes at all four corners.
This new class of personal luxury cars was positioned to provide superior comfort and convenience, so Ford decked out the Thunderbird’s interior with ribbed vinyl, patterned aluminium, and matching red carpeting. The “Dial-O-Matic” four-way adjustable bench seats automatically slide back with the ignition off for easier exit and entry. A three-spoke steering wheel fronts a stylish brushed aluminium instrument panel with round gauges - we find a sweeping 150 mph speedometer at the centre, surrounded by fuel gauges and an analog clock. Furthermore, the steering column is telescopic, an innovative feature for the time. Steering in this car is a worm and roller setup. The car’s Town & Country AM radio, heater/defroster, and seat belts are optional factory upgrades.
The 1957 Ford Thunderbird is powered by a 5.1-liter V8 paired with a BorgWarner 3-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. This 312 cubic inch cast iron block V8 used a 4-choke carburetor, a 290 degree camshaft, had 2 valves per cylinder, and was rated at 215 horsepower when new, with 297 lb-ft of torque at 2,700 rpm. The claimed top speed is 185 km/hr. The Thunderbird’s steel chassis is supported by independent ball joints with coil springs for the front suspension, and the rear suspension utilises longitudinal leaf springs.