1957 Ford Thunderbird with an overhauled 292 Y-Block V-8 engine that is wearing a chrome dress-up kit. (2002) There are only 52,000 Miles on the engine. 3-speed automatic transmission was rebuilt This Bird has Power steering and power brakes. Front brakes are disc and rear brakes are drum. Gunmetal Grey exterior is in good condition; it was re-painted in late 2005 - paint is Ford-correct This classic was Bronze inside and out prior to new paint Brilliant Red Interior was redone also in 2005 It has power seats and windows No rips cracks or tears in the seats or on the dash Heat/ Defrost and all gauges are working The ford is also equipped with a Cd player This stunning 2-door convertible comes with the removable hard top (also in Gunmetal Grey) and cover. The engine fires up immediately and is in excellent condition. This 1957 is one of a kind, a collectors dream. The car sits level and looks great.
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The first generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a two-seat convertible that was produced by Ford for the 1955 to 1957 model years. The Thunderbird was the first 2-seat Ford since 1938. It was developed in response to the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, which showed the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette in turn was developed in response to the popularity of European sports cars among Americans.
Ford created a completely new market segment around the Thunderbird, the personal car, forerunner to the personal luxury car. While a light weight car with a large V8 engine, the Thunderbird focused more on driver comfort than speed. The Thunderbird was not a direct rival to the European sports cars imported into the United States.
Until the eleventh-generation Ford Thunderbird was unveiled in 2002, this was the only version of the Thunderbird to be produced as a two-seat convertible.
For 1957 the front bumper was reshaped, the grille and tailfins were made larger, and larger tail-lights were fitted. The spare wheel moved back inside the trunk, which had been redesigned to allow it to be mounted vertically. The side "Thunderbird" script moved from the fins to the front fenders. A new option was "Dial-o-Matic" 4-way power seats that, when you turned off the ignition, the seat would move back to allow easier exiting. As well as the standard 292 and 312 engines, versions of the 312 were produced in higher states of tune, and even a few McCulloch supercharged versions, rated at 300 and 340 hp (254 kW) respectively. 1957 sales were 21,380, including three extra months of production because the 1958 models were late. The 1957 Thunderbird was the last two-seater Ford sold until the 1982 Ford EXP sport compact car.