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Original-Owner 1957 Ford Thunderbird

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Original-Owner 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Current Bid: $29,000 (USD) by: widhebid

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Chassis/VIN:

D7FH138846

Location:

Cambria, California

Odometer:

48,000 (Mi)

Lot Number:

9677552

Engine:

312ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Automatic

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

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Current Bid: $29,000 (USD) by: widhebid

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

D7FH138846

Location:

Cambria, California

Odometer:

48,000 (Mi)

Lot Number:

9677552

Engine:

312ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Automatic

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

Confirmed

 

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Vehicle Story

This 1957 Ford Thunderbird is a one-owner convertible with a color-matched removable hardtop that is powered by a numbers-matching 312ci V8 paired with a 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Said to have originated in southern California when new, the car has spent its life in the same region, under the same owner, and underwent a complete refurbishment in 2003 by Prestige Thunderbird. Finished in Gunmetal Grey Metallic over a two-tone black and white interior, this Thunderbird is now offered with records dating back to new, awards, the car’s original California license plate, and a clear California title.

Going into its third model year in 1957, the Thunderbird personal luxury car received a revised front bumper, larger tailfins, and different taillamps. This example has long-term ownership under one individual and was subject to a restoration in 2003 by a specialty facility called Prestige Thunderbird in Santa Fe Springs, California. The repaint in the car’s original Gunmetal Grey Metallic (NN) included the color-matched removable hardtop with porthole windows. Brightwork includes the grille, window moldings, fender louvers, and bumpers, with integrated exhaust outlets exiting the rear bumper.

Steel 14-inch wheels wear Ford Fairlane bright hubcaps. Handling is assisted by power steering and power brakes.

The interior is furnished with two-tone black and white (XA) vinyl upholstery, door panels, dash, and carpeting, with brushed aluminum trim throughout. Features include a dual-ring steering wheel and a Town and Country push-button radio. The trunk is lined with a vinyl mat and contains a spare tire and associated jack equipment.

Instrumentation is housed within a brushed aluminum trim bezel and includes a 140-mph speedometer, a 5k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock, and accompanying gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 48k miles, which represents mileage driven on the rebuilt engine. True mileage on the chassis is unknown.

The rebuilt, numbers-matching 312ci V8 features a four-barrel carburetor and received an oil change in 2020. This powertrain carried a factory rating of 245 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque when new, and has been refurbished with replacement hoses, belts, and powder-coated components. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission.

The sale includes records, awards, and the car’s original California license plate. The seller has provided a video of the car starting up and idling below.

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Comments & Questions

November 28, 2021
10:31 AM
PMV

Thanks. Will do!

November 28, 2021
10:30 AM
Seller

Here's Prestige's website, if you wanted to give them a call first thing tomorrow to ask about the soft top: https://prestigethunderbird.com/

November 28, 2021
10:29 AM
Seller

@PMV – Beautiful car, overall ! Did it ever have a soft top? Can one be added? If so, any idea of the cost? Thank you ! ...

Thank you! It really is a gorgeous car. Ford did this one right. As for the top, this car never had a soft top, and I, unfortunately, have no idea as to what it would cost to get one installed. I'd give Prestige Thunderbird a call, but they aren't open today. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful on that front.

November 28, 2021
10:24 AM
PMV

Beautiful car, overall ! Did it ever have a soft top? Can one be added? If so, any idea of the cost? Thank you !

November 28, 2021
10:21 AM
Seller

@PMV – Can you please post some pictures of the hard top off and the convertible top up and down. Thank you ...

Hi PMV, the vehicle does not have a soft convertible top, just the hardtop. Thanks

November 28, 2021
08:19 AM
PMV

Can you please post some pictures of the hard top off and the convertible top up and down. Thank you

November 23, 2021
10:25 PM
Seller

@davidp – Hi Darrell, I did not mention the doors in the listing because it is a minor issue and is clearly visible in the photographs. The vehicle was painted at Prestige Thunderbird in Santa Fe Springs. They do exceptional work and have a great reputation. The issue is that they were not bolted on tightly enough when reinstalled and have moved out of alignment over the years. Other than the doors and minor blemishes in the engine compartment (see photos), I know of no other issues. The car is garaged about an hour away from my home, but I will get over there soon to take photographs of the underside. Thanks ...

Here are the photos of the underside

November 22, 2021
09:36 PM
Seller

@widhebid – Hello again Davidp, I have some concerns about a couple things. 1. I agree with Russell & Knuckle about the doors. My concerns on this is, why would you not mention this is your description of the vehicle? 2. It seems the passenger door is in the same condition. 3. Was the paint shop that took the doors of to paint a professional company or who did the paint job that wouldn't put the doors on properly? 4. I ask you in a previous comment about "if you know anything that could be wrong with the car that is not posted" you could have answered about the doors but I go not answer at all. (very concerning about what's being hidden.) 5. I also ask about frame or chassis images and I have not yet received. I am very concerned about what is not being said about the condition of this vehicle . thank you Darrell\widhebid ...

Hi Darrell, I did not mention the doors in the listing because it is a minor issue and is clearly visible in the photographs. The vehicle was painted at Prestige Thunderbird in Santa Fe Springs. They do exceptional work and have a great reputation. The issue is that they were not bolted on tightly enough when reinstalled and have moved out of alignment over the years. Other than the doors and minor blemishes in the engine compartment (see photos), I know of no other issues. The car is garaged about an hour away from my home, but I will get over there soon to take photographs of the underside. Thanks

November 21, 2021
10:58 AM
Bidder

Hello again Davidp, I have some concerns about a couple things. 1. I agree with Russell & Knuckle about the doors. My concerns on this is, why would you not mention this is your description of the vehicle? 2. It seems the passenger door is in the same condition. 3. Was the paint shop that took the doors of to paint a professional company or who did the paint job that wouldn't put the doors on properly? 4. I ask you in a previous comment about "if you know anything that could be wrong with the car that is not posted" you could have answered about the doors but I go not answer at all. (very concerning about what's being hidden.) 5. I also ask about frame or chassis images and I have not yet received. I am very concerned about what is not being said about the condition of this vehicle . thank you Darrell\widhebid

November 19, 2021
10:49 AM
Seller

@Knuckle47 – I too question the doors alignment…thank you ...

Hi Knuckle47, yes the door is misaligned. It was never put back on correctly after it was painted. No problems with the frame or anything. It just needs to be adjusted, but those doors are HEAVY. Definitely a 2 person job. They close and latch just fine, so I just haven't prioritized doing it.

November 18, 2021
05:44 PM
Seller

@RussellCNissen – Why does the driver's door appear to be misaligned? ...

Hi Russell, yes the door is misaligned. It was never put back on correctly after it was painted. No problems with the frame or anything. It just needs to be adjusted, but those doors are HEAVY. Definitely a 2 person job. They close and latch just fine, so I just haven't prioritized doing it.

November 18, 2021
05:40 PM
Seller

@widhebid – Sure is a beauty! I was wondering if it would be convenient to get 3-4 pictures of the chassis or frame underneath. It looks to be in very nice condition but was wondering if there might be any negatives about this car that you would to bring to the attention of any buyers, bidders? thank you Darrell\widhebid ...

Hi Widhebid, I'll try my best to get under the car in the next few days to take some pictures. I'll report back ASAP. Thanks

November 18, 2021
04:00 PM

I too question the doors alignment…thank you

November 18, 2021
02:19 PM

Why does the driver's door appear to be misaligned?

November 18, 2021
09:53 AM
Bidder

Sure is a beauty! I was wondering if it would be convenient to get 3-4 pictures of the chassis or frame underneath. It looks to be in very nice condition but was wondering if there might be any negatives about this car that you would to bring to the attention of any buyers, bidders? thank you Darrell\widhebid

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