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1957 Ford Thunderbird

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Stunning in Raven Black over a black and white leather interior, this 1957 Thunderbird represents the pinnacle of the 2-seat 'Bird's development and offers an easy explanation as to why these cars remain so popular today. Black cars don't look this good by accident, and there's clearly a lot of time and money tied up in this lovely roadster. Panels are laser straight, gaps are very good, and the car shows signs of having lived a clean life in a part of the country where rust and salty roads are nothing more than a bad rumor. The '57's longer lines with peaked rear fenders sprouting a hint of a tailfin are the final iteration of the early 2-seater, and the proportions are exactly right. The trunk is now large enough to accommodate the spare tire without eating up all the luggage space, and the cleaned-up front end features a wider grille with an egg crate insert. The chrome is excellent on this particular T-Bird, from the front bumper to the polished insert on the hood scoop, to the rear bumper with integral exhaust outlets. There's also a porthole hardtop included with this car that has been painted to match and seals the roadster up tightly in inclement weather, although if you're like most Thunderbird owners, you'll never put the top up. Few will argue that the Thunderbird interior isn't a triumph of design. From the engine-turned panels that stretch across the dashboard, to the embossed Thunderbird emblems in the door panels themselves, every detail was executed faithfully during the restoration. Although the work is several years old, it shows a comfortable patina that practically invites you to take a cruise along a quiet country road. The gauges may be original, and the floor-mounted shifter is easy to operate and falls easily to hand. The only non-stock item is a newer AM/FM/cassette stereo system, but in a cruiser like this it's awfully nice to be able to take your own theme music with you. The engine is believed to be the original D-code 312, which makes 245 horsepower using a 4-barrel carburetor. Dressed in correct Ford Red paint with chrome valve covers and air cleaner, it shows signs of conscientious ownership and thorough maintenance. It also runs beautifully, firing up with a melodic V8 rumble from the dual exhaust, and clicking through the gears in the 2-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission. Power brakes make it stop as well as it accelerates, and the super clean chassis appears to be original and remarkably well preserved. The rear end has obviously had some recent work and it rolls on a set of positively gorgeous 15-inch wire wheels with recent whitewall radials. As with most collector cars, the key is buying a rust-free example, and this incredibly solid T-Bird has never been rusty. This wonderfully restored Raven Black roadster has no issues and drives superbly. You could spend a lot of time looking and not come up with a nicer early 'Bird. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 132511

as of 7/9/2011

Car 1957 Ford Thunderbird
VIN D7F4320345 
Mileage 72,185 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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