THUNDERBIRD 1957

GORGEOUS FRAME-OFF/RARE WIMBLEDON WHITE/WHITE
INTERIOR/WHITE HARDTOP/WHITE SOFTTOP/REBUILT DATED
312cid/HOLLEY 4v/GREAT COMPRESSION/SHOW DETAILED/POWER
STEERING/POWER BRAKES/AUTOMATIC/FULL SUSPENSION TO TOP
STANDARDS/ALL BUSHINGS/REAR MOUNTED ANTENNA/T&C
RADIO/DETAILED SHOW UNDERCHASSIS/FACTORY
WHEELS/CORRECT HUBCAPS/5-7.50x14 WIDE
WHITEWALLS/SKIRTS/OUTSTANDING MECHANICALS/GREAT
HISTORY GOING BACK TO 1972/OPTIONAL TRUNK MOUNTED
ANTENNA/FULL FRESH PREP READY FOR SPRING 2017

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1957 Thunderbird very rare as finished in ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and original Triple White with the fantastic exterior Colonial White that looks really spectacular luster with the white interior, the white softtop and the white Porthole hardtop, fully detailed presented in top driven Concours Conditionto be shown with mirrors presenting the fabulous underchassis, this frame off, full restoration has the original and rebuilt Thunderbird Special V-8 with a 312cid displacement and a 4v carberator setup, the engine bay is finished to fantastic factory standards, the whole car is completely detailed with final professional ‘finishing’ just completed (SEE LINK), also full mechanicals and brakes out of the Fraser Dante shop, here are graceful fins and body lines but inside the instrument panel was redesigned with clustered dials of the dash pod, Powered by the start of the modern day short stroke overhead valve V8 engines, designed with a long 3.80” bore and a 3.44”, with 9.7 to 1 compression, this engine can use pump gas with a bit of lead additive in today’s modern world, this original engine is completely rebuilt with all pistons, bearings, crank tuned, full head work with all new lifters, the compression is better than when the car was new, has a proper show ‘dress up kit’ with the correct finned valve covers to present just really  great, this has only final test miles to ensure top operating condition, the rebuilt Fordomatic automatic transmission is reworked and shifts perfect in the final testing just completed, Other specs include the factory power steering and power brakes that both work perfectly, has the Town and Country radio with rare trunk mounted antenna, the braking system is freshly checked, this is restored in a complete frame-off restoration accomplished to the highest standards both mechanically as well as cosmetically with ‘love’ in the build,

Next:  see the original factory Data Tag (LINK) to show how factory correct this landmark 1957 Thunderbird is, the full correct white padded dash and redone instrument panel has the working tachometer, the underchassis is just amazing with all original floor panels and the as new black frame, this has a very rare and documented Atlanta history going back to 1972, see Owner Notes (LINK),

Here now presents as a really gorgeous famous design with the fantastic Colonial White that has unbelievable luster of the final professional 'finishing' (SEE THE LINK) completed by the restoration staff just for Christmas 2016, this includes many hours of prep, taping, then high speed buffing with special chemicals used to bring out the luster and protect the smooth paint, the chassis looks wonderful seem couple with the aluminized dual exhaust muffler system, important…to show how well this car has been kept, this still has the original colonial white trunk paint that is only just touched up, these photos show the original color and how rust free the car has been all of it’s life, (LINK), very hard to find such documentation, the five factory original wheels are restored with the proper color of Thunderbird Blue color showing the attention to detail, now this has the full braking system just checked for safety (LINK),

Interior:  this triple white interior with the Colonial White exterior looks outstanding with high design, maintenance includes that this is restored with proper working tachometer, all of the other gauges work well, a redone Town & Country radio that works through the wired optional trunk mounted antenna is hard to fine, the white interior is finished with all great padding and springs, white door panels complete look, all chrome inside has high perfection of detail that includes the chrome base of the shifter showing attention to detail in the restoration,

Engine/transmission: a fully rebuilt correct and the original ‘Y’ block 312cid engine is featured with noting that was rated from the factory at 245 horsepower, this famous Thunderbird Special V-8 with a 312cid displacement and a 4v carberator setup has a 3.80” bore and a 3.44” stroke, with 9.7 to 1 compression, this engine can use pump gas with a bit of lead additive in today’s modern world, with the new low friction design, full overhead valve system, special higher lift camshaft, this is the start of the modern short stroke overhead valve engines as we know today,

This rebuild is from rings to crankshaft bearings and pistons, new camshaft and full oiling system, sounds great as then this engine was built and then driven very limited miles, the casting # is correct, has has the proper Thunderbird Holley 4v carburetor with numbers of #list 1273-25/2994, the intake is stamped #ECZ-9425-B, see (LINK) to numbers, all very correct, dated factory rated at 245 horsepower but this engine should produce more horsepower due its fine build, said quality work is shown with the excellent compression of 160 to 170 lbs is taken in a dry cold reading by Fraser Dante (LINK), this is better than factory when new, when these readings were taken, an expert technical set all the valves at that time and then checked the timing of the engine, then road tested for Christmas 2016 ready for Spring 2017 show driving,

note the beautiful and proper finned Thunderbird show valve covers are presented, has the show and correct air cleaner, has the fresh show correct red engine paint, one can see all new electrics and wiring with the heavy duty show cables to connect to the 12 volt long battery, 

the rebuilt Fordomatic automatic that has a torque converter and the 3 speed transmission that are as new when completed with the rest of the car in the build, Fraser Dante also checked said working conditions,

Tops: hard to find is both white tops that come with the package, the white porthole hardtop is finished with same quality (LINK), including the headliner and all latches, the also this has the nice white softtop that fits beautifully and the work includes the top black frame being completely stripped and refinished, (LINK),

Running gear: these gorgeous roadsters are desired so they can be enjoyed going to a show, the country club or going to dinner with power options very desired, also this has proper Ford power steering along with the Ford power brakes that that are set up as factory, both of them work great for safety, the brakes have just been checked with hardware and shows at Fraser Dante for Spring 2017,

This also has the restored driveshaft, then the dated and rebuilt rear end chunk is just checked for proper lube, data tag shows this to be the 3.56:1 unit (SEE LINK), beautiful, solid underchassis (LINK),

Summary: a serious very collectable 1957 Thunderbird presented in top, top show condition with great history, again, see the final detailing of the paint by top professionals to make this classically designed finned beauty have a paint presentation that is just wonderful (LINK), now offered at way under costing to build after being in the Atlanta family for years under safekeeping, $65,950

History of the Classic Thunderbird: the 1955 to 1957 Thunderbird is the most desired collector car in the USA according to a collector car USA TODAY article, the 1957 is the final and most desired of the three year run of the classic Thunderbird, with the famous rear fins in a highly designed ‘swoop’ from the graceful front fenders with the external body line, it was and is an instant classic, this is a highly prized car to own in the worldwide market today and for the future, now listed are the articles that show some of the specs of this famous Thunderbird (LINK), also see the specs on the 1955-1957 Thunderbirds,

some major styling changes took place on the 1957 Ford Thunderbird from previous years were not only the graceful fins and body lines but inside the instrument panel was redesigned with clustered dials of the dash pod, also new designs to the upgraded all-vinyl upholstery and trim combinations, an important upgrade from the 1956 was that the outside spare tire went back into the trunk, it didn’t occupy too much room in the 5 feet by 5-1/2 feet space and made this car handle much better than the 1956, note the attached articles from the Ford authorized history and information on this 1957 landmark vehicle, includes Owner’s Handbook (LINK), this is a highly prized car to own in the worldwide market today and for the future, a serious 1957 landmark vehicle (LINK), $65,950

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