213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs , Georgia
How often do you get a crack at one of the most beloved classics ever to roll off an assembly line, let alone one that's in the rock-solid running condition of this 1957 Ford Thunderbird? It features a strong V8 under its scooped hood that combines with a very nicely restored interior to make for a great driving experience.
With a very distinctive maroon metallic shade draped over its almost universally recognized form, this vintage cruiser cuts a head turning appearance just as it is - this is a coveted first-generation T-Bird, after all. The dark color is in solid condition from front to back, so you'll get plenty of admiring nods as soon as you get it home, and with some well-focused attention this classic would definitely make an impact on the local car show circuit. As a '57, it represents the final year that Thunderbirds retained their two seater configuration - they rolled out in a considerably larger form the following year. The exterior features a number of great stylistic touches - the subtle hood scoop with its chrome trimmed front, the gill-like vents on its front fenders and intricate front grille are just a few. Should you find yourself behind the wheel when the skies darken, you'll have a couple of options for shelter at your disposal - a well-fitted vinyl convertible top that matches the rest of the exterior, as well as a hardshell white accessory top with portholes on its sides.
The interior offers a lot to like. It's been restored while remaining almost entirely in stock configuration. The white vinyl bench seat, as well as the door panels to each side, look great and you'll find very clean black carpeting lining the floor below you. Below that carpeting sits an ample layer of Dynamat to insulate against road noise and heat to make for a very comfortable vintage cockpit. Thunderbirds of this era featured a great use of textured chrome accenting that began on the dash area and extended the lengths of the doors and the example here is in fine form. The fan shaped instrument cluster behind the original steering wheel now includes Autometer gauges to keep a read on oil temperature and RPMs, with an additional three gauge cluster located just below. A Town and Country retro-style stereo with USB connectivity has been added to the center of the dash to provide plenty of audio options. You'll find a full size spare sitting in its proper vertical position in the trunk, with a fresh looking rubber seal in place below the deck lid to keep the elements from intruding.
In addition to its great looks and substantial heritage, this Thunderbird happens to be a great driver as well. There's a 302 cubic inch Jasper crate motor residing in the engine compartment, equipped with a 4 barrel Edelbrock carb and a Summit aluminum intake manifold to maximize its output. It's running strong and smooth and with the added Flamethrower ignition, there's plenty of spark at its disposal. The engine sits surrounded by fresh-looking components, a number of which are decked out in black for added eye candy, and pairs with a 3-speed automatic C6 transmission. Farther forward is a sizable, custom built aluminum radiator that teams with an electric fan to keep temperatures down in more demanding driving conditions. Upgraded power brakes that include disks up front bring low-effort stops, while power steering makes this classic easy to handle. A set of 14" steel wheels with vintage-looking Ford hubcaps complete the overall look.
This 1957 Ford Thunderbird represents the model at its compact, nostalgia inducing best, and it's ready for action just as soon as you get it home. Call today!
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