1957 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleSOLD
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To be auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cdn$39,050 Sold

Nearly two years after Chevrolet introduced the Corvette, Ford launched the Thunderbird at the 1955 Detroit Auto Show. While both cars were open two-seaters based on production sedan components, the Thunderbird was intended for cruising and personal transportation, with no sporting pretensions. In fact, Ford read the market correctly, selling no fewer than 16,155 Thunderbirds in 1955.

In 1956, the Thunderbird only received detail changes but Ford gave its two-seater a complete makeover for 1957, including a clean, open grille and extended rear fenders. Handling improved greatly, thanks to the relocated spare tire. The “high-canted” fenders of the full-size Ford models were adopted, accenting the Thunderbird’s longer trunk and fenders. Along with a new instrument panel came “Lifeguard Design” safety features, six engine choices, an extra rear leaf spring, 14-inch wheels and larger front brakes. Buyers responded enthusiastically, and Thunderbird sales rose by 37 percent over 1956 levels to 21,380 units.

This solid, straight California car displays a fresh refinish in the original Starmist Blue with new matching upholstery. It is generously equipped with a soft top, an automatic transmission, power steering, power seat, power windows, a Town and Country radio, a clock, a heater and new wide whitewall tires. It includes all new chrome and rubber seals, and is an excellent running and driving example of what many collectors prize as the ultimate classic.

Reference Number 39969

as of 3/5/2009

Car 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
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