THUNDERBIRD 1957

FANTASTIC ‘TORCH RED’ PAINT/ FLAME RED INTERIOR/
COMPLETE THE REALLY GORGEOUS PRESENTATION! CHROME
WIRE WHEELS-THUNDERBIRD SPINNER CAPS/WIDE
WHITEWALL TIRES/SKIRTS/STRONG 312cid/4v-DRIVEN SHOW
DETAILED-ENGINE DRESS UP KIT/ALUMINUM
RADIATOR/ELECTRIC COOLING FAN/POWER STEERING, FRONT
DISC BRAKES/FORDOMATIC TRANSMISSION/CRUISE
CONTROL/WHITE HARTZ SOFT TOP/WHITE PORTHOLE 
HARDTOP/COMPLETE BUILD-EXCEPTIONAL
MECHANICALS/CUSTOM AUTO SOUND/UPRATED RADIO/FULL
SUSPENSION TO TOP STANDARDS/ALIGNMENT
COMPLETED/DUAL ALUMINIZED EXHAUST/BEAUTIFUL
LUSTER/PROFESSIONAL ‘FINISHER’ PREPARED

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1957 Thunderbird finished in ABSOLUTELY gorgeous Torch Red paint that looks really spectacular with the Flame Red interior and the chrome wire wheels, this famous design is  know for the famous rear fins marking the graceful body, the ‘look’ is further enhanced with the wide whitewalls and the factory skirts, White Hartz softtop, White Porthole hardtop, famous 312cid, ‘D’ code, 4v carbureted engine factory rated at 245 horsepower, great compression, dual aluminized exhaust, Fordomatic automatic transmission, factory power steering, cruise control, fresh brakes, front discs, gorgeous Torch Red paint that looks really outstanding in the sun with a beautiful straight body and terrific luster, the whole car is really Driven Show Condition to be shown with mirrors presenting the nicely presented underchassis, this is restored in a complete frame-on restoration to the highest standards both mechanically as well as cosmetically for Spring 2014, all lines, mechanicals, paint, chrome are restored or new, again the full red standard dash and redone instrument panel with Flame Red seats and red door panels are a nice complement with the Torch Red exterior as the best worldwide color, all gauges work including tachometer, quartz rebuilt clock, red safety belts, new red carpet, red Thunderbird floor mats, has an uprated battery concealed in the stock location with cover, full trunk redone, expensive correct spare, jack and trunk cover, dual sway bars, the spectacular fresh presentation of the body and paint for top driven show standards, see www.fraserdante.com for full photos, info and LINKS for this and other great restored vehicles to be enjoyed, 

History: the 1955 to 1957 Thunderbird is the most desired collector car in the USA according to a collector car USA TODAY article as well as a worldwide demand, the 1957 is the final three year run of the classic Thunderbird with sales over the Corvette running 3:1, this one year only design with the famous rear fins in a highly designed ‘swoop’ from the graceful front fenders with the external body line, has a more open grill and bumper design, designed to be a comfortable cruiser, it was and is an instant classic still today, this is a highly prized car to own in the worldwide market today and for the future, now listed are the articles that show some of the specs of this famous Thunderbird, some major styling changes took place on the 1957 Ford Thunderbird from previous years were not only the graceful fins and body lines but inside the instrument panel was redesigned with clustered dials of the dash pod, also new designs to the all-vinyl upholstery and trim combinations, an important upgrade from the 1956 was that the outside spare tire went back into the trunk, it didn’t occupy too much room in the 5 feet by 5-1/2 feet space and made this car handle much better than the 1956, note the attached articles from the Ford authorized history and information on this 1957 landmark vehicle (LINK),

the quality for this Thunderbird is now right below the trailered class, nicely frame on, fresh solid prepared underchassis, constant work then with the final prep for Spring 2014, the presentation of this 1957 THUNDERBIRD is really priced at well below costing to build such a top driven show car that has really excellent mechanicals, all the chrome and trim on the car are like new, the large chrome bumpers and grill look absolutely great, areas like the windshield chrome and stainless are beautifully done, the important items like the windshield header chrome is beautiful, hard to do like this, the glass is well set in with proper rubber seals, the side windows go up and down correctly, the side windwings look and work great, chrome outside driver’s mirror,

According to the factory Data Tag, this 1957 Thunderbird is the original color of RR, Torch Red with Red top, now has a extra white porthole hardtop including the valuable storage stand, the XH trim is the factory Flame, Date Code 25X is an October 25 production date, Trans Code 3 for Ford-O-Matic Transmission and Axle Code 1 for 3.10:1 ratio (SEE LINK OF DATA TAG), the chrome wire wheels have been balanced and trued to run very smoothly,

Engine/transmission: has the correct ‘Y’ block 312cid engine, note the attached list of numbers that leads us to believe this to be the original rebuilt engine, this has a Holley 4v carberator that is set under the stock, chrome air cleaner, this carb makes this Thunderbird run stronger and  more reliable and get better fuel mileage, original factory rated at 245 horsepower with good low end torque, the compression is excellent of 150 to 158 lbs in a dry cold reading (LINK), this is within 8 lbs and will deliver a higher reading when warm, shows recent rebuild, has show chrome air cleaner, proper Thunderbird finned valve covers, full dual aluminized exhaust system that has mellow sounding mufflers through the correct rear chrome bumper, the special Petronix ignition is fitted in the original distributor housing that yields top spark, the values have just been checked by a top senior technician, fresh oil, new spark plugs, good wires,

Cooling: has the uprated and expensive aluminum radiator that makes this 1957 Thunderbird run cool, this has the factory blade fan, all the lines, hoses and fittings are new and have been replaced with final testing for Spring 2014, the temperature gauge works, even the battery looks stock from the outside but is a modern Interstate unit that hidden in the stock location is best for operational use while maintain a stock look, fresh fluids have been added,

Running gear: built on a 102” wheelbase, this these 1957 Thunderbirds have independent coil spring front suspension, has the Ford power steering with new steering parts, all new lines and fittings, good bushings, the brakes have been checked both with the expensive uprated front disc brakes and proper rear drums and cylinders that are new with full check, photos of this system will show how fresh the work is (LINK), steel braided brake hoses, then shims and the final alignment set, highly detailed, observation shows the fresh driveshaft and U-Joints, front sway bar and added rear sway bar for excellent handling new leaf springs, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four brand new shocks just installed,

all the new rubber lines for the build, the driveshaft has been completely restored to technical and show specs from the last owner, the optional stainless chrome Kelsey Hayes design wire wheels are fitted to the car so the rear skirts fit with the whitewall radial tires, these have to be specially made for the inner offset to make sure they fit inside the factory skirts, these specific wheels were balanced and mounted, then taken off and balanced again to insure smooth rolling of the wheel/tires combo, the tires are expensive 205/75/14 Coker Classic Wide Whitewall radials, they look and handle great, final test miles to ensure top operating condition, the disc brakes add to the stopping abilities, extremely nice underchassis (LINK),

the Fordomatic automatic transmission shifts effortlessly and works as it should, the rear end is dated with noted items including the tab on the rear end, it is detailed in proper red oxide, one can tell this is a frame-on car, the floors appear to be original and have been worked to a high degree, the structural side supports are believed to be original and very strong as well,

Current: all gauges restored with proper working tachometer, quartz rebuild of the clock, factory style Custom AutoSound radio with modernized internals, the red interior is finished with all padding and springs, red safety belts, door panels complete the look, all chrome inside has high perfection of detail that includes the chrome base of the shifter showing attention to detail in the restoration, the white porthole hardtop is finished with same quality including the headliner and all chrome latches, has a stand included with the complete package, the white softtop fits beautifully, the spare tire with proper expensive jack and handle are in the trunk, which is carpeted in red with full finished with bound seams,

Summary: one of the cleanest and best proportioned cars of the important ‘50s era, this is equipped with two tops, this is a fully equipped 1957 Thunderbird with many extras, strong engine with the engine bay finished to fantastic high detailing to show and factory standards, the underchassis is very solid, again, the expensive chrome stainless wire wheels are fitted to the car with expensive Coker tires, the rear skirts fit with the whitewall tires, the look of this iconic 1957 Thunderbird is exemplary, full mechanicals and braking system are just checked in the Fraser Dante shop, really a wonderful car to show and enjoy! All complete with extra stand for hard cover included at $59,950

GREAT ‘EYES’ WITH FULL POWER! FABULOUS STYLE! GREAT PERFORMANCE, SOLID UNDERCHASSIS! TERRIFIC BRAKES!