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1957 Ford Thunderbird

Highest Bid:
$41,500

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1957 Ford Thunderbird

Highest Bid: $41,500 (USD) by: BlueOvalBob

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Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

D7H394970

Location:

Sweeny, Texas

Odometer:

28,572 (Mi)

Lot Number:

5923233

Engine:

312ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Automatic

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

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Vehicle Story

This 1957 Ford Thunderbird shows approximately 28k miles and was the recipient of a complete body-off restoration beginning in late 2003 and culminating in a blend of an original look with modern underpinnings. The seller purchased the car from noted Thunderbird restorer, Amos Minter, in 1997 and used it primarily for special occasions until 2003, when the mechanical and cosmetic work was initiated. Upgrades and new parts to the rebuilt and resealed 312ci V8 include a generator, starter, distributor, Petronix ignition, water pump, and more, and it is mated to a refreshed 2-speed Fordomatic automatic transmission with overdrive. Other work consisted of a rebuild of the front and rear end, driveshaft, and radiator, a suspension refreshment, and a brake overhaul with front disc brake conversion. This Thunderbird is finished in white over white vinyl and is now offered with two restored tops and a clear Texas title in the seller's name.

Bodywork done prior to the white repaint was performed with minimal filler, and existing dents were "metal-worked." Both the matching white hardtop and black soft top were restored, and the chrome trim was resurfaced and polished.

The original wheels were replaced with 15" wire wheels and whitewall tires to accommodate the newly installed front disc brakes. The rear brakes were refreshed with new drums, springs, shoes, and cylinders. A new steering box, power steering pump, steering valve, and cylinder were added during the restoration.

The interior is trimmed in white pleated vinyl with a color-matching dash pad and contrasting black carpet. The original radio and climate control knobs remain, while the original R12 air conditioning refrigerant was upgraded to the current R134a Freon system using all new components. The seller adds that the wiper motor, wiring harness, and other miscellaneous parts were replaced.

The 3-spoke steering wheel fronts the stock gauge cluster, framed with a turned-metal surround, and the analog clock was rebuilt.

The 312ci V8 is mated to a rebuilt 2-speed Fordomatic transmission with overdrive. During the restoration process, the engine was fully disassembled, with all wearable parts replaced and then resealed. Upgrades consisted of a new generator, starter, distributor, Petronix electronic ignition, and a stainless baffle on the new water pump. The seller reports that the driveshaft and radiator were also rebuilt.

The frame was checked for straightness, cracks, and damage before being refinished. Any holes were welded and re-drilled if necessary, and it was sprayed in semi-flat black powder coating. Both the front and rear end were disassembled and rebuilt with new parts, including all four control arms and front coils, and rear leaf springs. All parts were powder coated to match the frame, aside from the center section of the rear differential, which was painted Ruby Red.

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Comments & Questions

April 22, 2021
09:53 AM

Hello Al &Rog. If you don't receive your RESERVE please contact me. San Antonio TX.

April 17, 2021
02:43 PM
Seller

@PW727 – Is there water damage on the underside of the top? ...

Yes, there is some staining around the window. My restoration guy said he could stain it, but I just left it as is.

April 17, 2021
01:02 PM

Is there water damage on the underside of the top?

April 17, 2021
09:54 AM
Seller

@plymouth – I posted a bit to show my seriousness. The Vin does not come up when I search database. Can you please verify ...

This is all the information I have.

April 17, 2021
08:24 AM
Bidder

I’d like to send an inspector to visually inspect the Thunderbird. Please post email address so we can coordinate the inspector

April 17, 2021
08:23 AM
Bidder

I posted a bit to show my seriousness. The Vin does not come up when I search database. Can you please verify

April 16, 2021
01:52 PM
Seller

@johnboy123 – hello, I'm from New Zealand and if I win would require car to be shipped out. I have previously shipped out of LA. Is their shipping out of Texas or est price to freight to LA. Thanks John ...

I have no set of freight but we are 60 mi from the port of Houston, and 30 mi from Freeport. Plenty of shipping companies in the area. Just google the houston area for some and they will be happy to give you a quote.

April 16, 2021
01:51 PM
Seller

@johnboy123 – hello, I'm from New Zealand and if I win would require car to be shipped out. I have previously shipped out of LA. Is their shipping out of Texas or est price to freight to LA. Thanks John ...

Have all the records since I purchased it. I have a full list of everything that was done and also have a crate with all the old parts that were taken off during restoration. They go with the car.

April 16, 2021
01:49 PM
Seller

@Jackjoe – Is vehicle available for in person inspection? ...

yes

April 16, 2021
01:48 PM
Seller

@Jackjoe – Is vehicle available for in person inspection? ...

Yes, just call for apt.

April 16, 2021
01:48 PM
Seller

@Jackjoe – Has the tbird been in a flood or does the vehicle have any flood damage? ...

No, no flood. Where we are in Tx, is high and dry.

April 16, 2021
01:35 PM

Has the tbird been in a flood or does the vehicle have any flood damage?

April 16, 2021
01:21 PM

Is vehicle available for in person inspection?

April 16, 2021
12:26 PM

Hi, Do you have any manuals , brochures for the this T-Bird ? also can you supply receipts and documentation for all restoration work done on the vehicle along with any history please. Many thanks Ron

April 16, 2021
11:36 AM

hello, I'm from New Zealand and if I win would require car to be shipped out. I have previously shipped out of LA. Is their shipping out of Texas or est price to freight to LA. Thanks John

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