1957 Ford ThunderbirdWhen GIs who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American-made version of the famed two-seater open car. The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet’s new car but chose to develop a car along a different path. It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette’s Blue Flame Six”; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop, unlike the Corvette’s snap-on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era. This Magnificent Documented California Example is finished in Beautiful Dusk-Rose (XE) with Beautiful White Interior, Colonial White Hardtop, and White Soft Top. This Classic underwent an “Open Check Book” Comprehensive Professional Restoration including Exterior, Interior, Brightwork, Top, Brightwork, and Mechanics. The “Dusk-Rose” Exterior Finish was “Special-Ordered” in conjunction with Conventional Transmission, Overdrive, and Power Steering. It comes with a comprehensive complement of amenities including: Conventional Transmission 3 Speed Highly Desirable Overdrive Option Functions as a “4th gear” for touring and fuel efficiency Master Guide Power Steering Full instrumentation (all functional) Factory Tachometer Auxiliary Gauge for Oil Pressure and Amp Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel o Fully Adjustable Directional Signals Magicaire Heating and Defrost System
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