Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
As far as classics go, it's pretty hard to get more iconic than this 1957 Ford Thunderbird. When the first model was released not long before this '57 debuted, the combination of style and responsive performance it offered gave rise to an entirely new classification of automobile - the personal luxury car. That niche is well-represented right here, as this T-Bird is a solid driver, looks great both inside and out and will arrive at its next destination with an extensive collection of maintenance records on board to document the attentive care it's received.
The Inca gold paint draped over the exterior really makes you take notice - it's a distinctively appealing color and it represents the original shade this T-Bird drove off the showroom floor with so many decades ago. A closer look will also reveal that the paint is in good form here, with a nice shine and smooth uniform texture from front to back. In this era, the model featured so many aesthetic magnets to draw you in and they're all in top shape, as well - the bumpers both fore and aft sit level and show no blemishes, the front grille looks just as it did from the start and all the other brightwork onboard presents well. When the skies darken, you'll have a couple of options for protection at your disposal - a cloth black convertible top, as well as a snugly-fitting white accessory hard top that features a pair of very stylish porthole windows in back.
The interior has obviously seen its share of attention over the years to arrive in its current stellar state. It's been kept in its original configuration, yet everything inside has a fresh look to it, starting with the black vinyl bench seat, which features contrasting white inserts on both the driver and passenger side that tie in perfectly with the matching two-tone door panels on each side. Below, the black carpeting lining the floor appears to have been recently replaced. The original steering wheel still sits on the column, wrapped in leather for a great feel, while the dash area behind it is also in very good condition and features a great looking textured chrome insert running the width of the cabin while encircling an assortment of clear, readable gauges. An AM/FM/cassette deck sits at the center to provide your tunes while on the road, while an underdash air conditioning system has been added to up the comfort level inside. Raise the deck lid in back and you'll find the factory spare sitting in its proper vertical position.
The 312 cubic inch V8 sitting inside is almost certainly the original engine and with its squeaky clean surfaces and chrome air cleaner and valve covers, it looks just as it did when new. It now sports a 4-barrel Holley carb on top and is in good running form, starting right up and still pulling with plenty of power. It's paired with a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission that's shifting nicely and with a solid Ford 9" rear end also in the mix, the entire vintage drivetrain acquits itself well. The first generation T-Birds, of which this '57 is a proud member, were all about offering opulent comfort in a compact, responsive package and, in that spirit, the power steering makes navigation easy while power brakes bring low effort stops. This rolling icon represents the mid-'50s in ultimate style on its set of ultra-sharp 14" spoked wheels properly outfitted with whitewalls for just the right vintage appearance.
This 1957 Ford Thunderbird offers the chance to own a classic of classics that's reaped the benefits of good care and looks and runs great. Call today!
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