CORRECT SEASPRAY GREEN, ORIGINAL 312 V8, BOTH TOPS, RARE COLOR FOR 1957 T-BIRD
The first-generation Thunderbird lasted only three years, and each year is distinctly different. The '55 is the purest design, the '56 addressed functional shortcomings, and the '57 tied it all together perfectly. This '57 T-Bird, complete with porthole hardtop and a bunch of options, shows you why 1957 was a high-water mark for the entire industry, not just the Thunderbird.
Restored several years ago, this rare code N Seaspray Green (added late in production) 'Bird looks like 1957 on wheels. Perfect pastel color, plenty of chrome, and just a bit of tailfin to make things interesting. The look is unmistakable, making it one of the most beloved cars of all time, and there's virtually nobody who doesn't love the Thunderbird. Some folks would consider a Thunderbird an investment, but this one is really better suited to driving and having fun, which is what the T-Bird lifestyle is all about. But when you see it, you won't be thinking about resale value, it'll be love at first sight. It's quite straight, of course, and the workmanship is very good, with crisp details and sharp body lines. The fender skirts fit flush, the forward-tilting hood is smooth, and the quarters show zero ripples or waves. Modern paint gives the Seaspray Green a depth it's never had before, and someone spent a fairly sizeable pile of cash getting all that chrome restored and it has paid off in a big way.
The original interior is another unusual combination, code XM Medium Green, and the look is both unusual and very attractive. The entire interior is correctly done, with proper finishes and materials ranging from the pleats on the seats to the engine-turned dashboard panels. Note that this one is loaded with options including a power seat, Town & Country AM radio, as well as an aftermarket A/C system under the dash that looks very period-correct. The classic engine-turned instrument panel is full of what appear to be original, unrestored gauges that are in decent condition but stand out only because everything else is so nice. There's a new white convertible top that fits well and stows neatly behind the seats as well as a contrasting Colonial White porthole hardtop that gives the green 'Bird an fantastic two-tone look. The trunk is nicely finished with a new mat and full-sized spare, which was moved back inside for 1957.
By '57, the Thunderbird's Y-block V8 displaced 312 cubic inches, and this 'Bird carries its original, numbers-matching piece. Thunderbird engines are easy to spot with their beautiful cast valve covers, simulated-turquoise inserts and chrome air cleaner which actually does inhale through the hood scoop. It's purely driver grade, but thanks to a Holley carburetor in place of the problematic "teapot" 4-barrel, it remains a willing and powerful travel partner. Power steering is always a welcome option that makes these cars very easy to drive and the Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission does its job without calling attention to itself. Dual exhaust gives it a sporty exhaust note that's not too intrusive, and recent whitewall radials frame the original wheelcovers perfectly.
We know the color isn't for everyone, but if you like your cars a little unusual and a lot pretty, perhaps this Thunderbird can find a new home at your place. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Manual Convertible Top
- Numbers Matching
- Power Brakes
- Power Seats
- Power Steering
- Removable Hard Top
- Vinyl Interior
- Maintenance Records
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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