To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. D7FH214199
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 60,000 US
When the Ford Thunderbird was introduced in 1955, it created a new niche known as the personal luxury car. Although the car has an inherent sportiness; Ford marketed the car primarily for its luxury and convenience features. For 1957, Ford’s Thunderbird got a styling update, with tidy tailfins resembling the big Fords’ theme, and a new grille. The rear section was extended to create more luggage space, and in the process the 1956 “Continental” spare was moved back inside.
Although two-seat Thunderbirds were much loved, Ford Motor Company concluded a larger car would be more popular. For 1958, a unibody four-seater was introduced and the product planners were proved right: sales increased by 75-percent. The cachet of the two-seat Thunderbirds continues, however, with the 1957 models preferred by many as the high point of the genre.
Presented in “robin’s egg blue” with a cream interior and a similarly toned accessory removable hardtop, this Thunderbird is driven by an unspecified V-8 engine that is paired with an automatic transmission. The blue is similar in tone to the Ford factory color Starmist Blue (Code F), and the hardtop has the distinctive and popular porthole windows. The car also has a soft-top, fender skirts, AM/FM radio, power steering, power brakes, Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and radial whitewall tires. The photographs also show evidence of an air conditioning unit in the cabin and the compressor in the engine bay.
Many freely admit that they would be more than proud to be seen in this American classic. And certainly its graceful, sweeping lines – admired worldwide – are a complement to your fine taste and judgment. 1957 Ford Thunderbird