1957 Ford Thunderbird Roadster The 1955-57 two-seat Ford Thunderbirds is among the most recognized and iconic American cars. It\'s been put in television shows, movies and print advertisements, not to mention being pictured on a U.S. postage stamp. The mass media often has mistakenly called any sporty looking car, such as the Ford Mustang, a sports car. It\'s given the 1955-57 Thunderbird the same description, although Ford stressed from the get-go that its new baby was a personal car. Ford knew that the sports cars market was very limited and that calling the Thunderbird a personal car would give it much broader appeal. For consignment, a personal car, (as dubbed by Ford), 2-seater adult getaway vehicle. This would be the last year for a good while for this two seat configuration, and is widely thought to be the best year of the first generation T bird. 1957 saw Ford add some extra options including power which this one has been upgraded from the original D-code single 4bbl to an E-code spec dual 4bbl carburetor arrangement, 3-speed stick shift and retains both of it\'\'s tops. A photo documented frame off restoration completed in 2012 using many rare parts and still looking gorgeous in every aspect, along with many Best Of Show wins, it\'s gonna go, go GO! Exterior When you pen a thin bodied, long hood with a scoop, and canted tail fin 2 seater car, throw on some jet age styling for the taillights, give it a hardtop option complete with a porthole window and has a black canvas convertible underneath, add on fender skirts, a wrap around windshield, and some chromed trimmings, you have this car. All straight steel bathed in a rarely seen color change of Sunlit Gold paint showing nearly no flaws in the miles deep finish and mirror like chrome bumpers, egg crate grille, and for the rear in bumper exhaust ports, this car screams steel sex. A black canvas convertible top is underneath the body matching Sunlit Gold hardtop and presents as very clean and tear free with a clear rear window in plastic. With the hardtop, convertible up and down you are basically getting 3 totally different looking cars, and the ability to use year-round. Before I move on, we need to give a shout out to the highly polished turbine style wheel covers, all wrapped in wide white radials. Suh-weeeeet! Interior Swing the door and be met with cream white panels that do not know what a straight line is as to their design. Cream white vinyl mixes with machined swirl pattern aluminum inserts for the door handles, window cranks, and power seat controls. Speaking of the seat, it\'s a gorgeous white bench with tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters that curves neatly into the body styling and allows for the top to hide behind it. For the dash a big curved overhanging cowl in padded white vinyl for the topper, and more machined aluminum and a litany of round gauges and chrome bezel black knobs and pulls. An aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio is now neatly installed and as we gaze across this big padded curved top dash, we can note temp, fan controls, and a nearly hidden glovebox, but the deeply inset keyhole gives it away. A metal lower dash also in painted white and some white kick side panels contrasted by black carpet, and a smaller diameter heavily padded steering wheel, (the original wheel is included), clean as a whistle, and you will be left awestruck...Bee-uitfuhl! Drivetrain A flip of the front hinged hood and more bling with some sting with a 312ci Y block. Painted a beautiful red, shoehorned into a totally restored engine bay, and topped with cast and ribbed polished winged valve covers. On top are now dual 4-barrel carbs and on back a 3-speed manual with overdrive transmission. The rear axle takes the brunt of this power with a 9-inch size, and 3.70 gears. Just wonderful underneath this scooped hood. Ver-uuuuhmmmm! Undercarriage Completely restored, nice shiny black frame and clean pale yellow underpants, with a new
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