1957 THUNDERBIRD ROADSTER When GI’s who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American made version of the famed two-seater open car. The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50’s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet’s new car, but chose to develop a car along a different path. It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette Blue Flame Six”; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette’s snap on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era. This Magnificent Documented California Example is finished in Beautiful Dusk-Rose (XE) with Beautiful White Interior, Colonial White Hardtop, and White Soft Top. This Classic underwent an “Open Check Book” Comprehensive Professional Restoration including Exterior, Interior, Brightwork, Top, Brightwork, and Mechanics. The “Dusk-Rose” Exterior Finish was “Special-Ordered” in conjunction with Conventional Transmission, Overdrive, and Power Steering. It comes with a comprehensive complement of amenities including: Conventional Transmission 3 Speed Highly Desirable Overdrive Option Functions as a “4th gear” for touring and fuel efficiency Master Guide Power Steering Full instrumentation (all functional) Factory Tachometer Auxiliary Gauge for Oil Pressure and Amp Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel o Fully Adjustable Directional Signals Magicaire Heating and Defrost System Signal Seeking Town and Country Radio Electric Clock Cigar Lighter (Unused) Lifeguard Seat Belts Tinted Windows Lifeguard Padded Sun Visors Backup Lamps Wing Windows (2) Tops Chrome Engine Dress Up Kit Wide Whitewall Tires (7.50 x 14) Kelsey Hayes Styled Wire Wheels (Jewelry) “THUNDERBIRD” V-8 Engine 4 Barrel Carburation 312 Cubic Inch Displacement 212 Horsepower 9.1:1 Compression Ratio 3.75 X 3.30 Inch Bore & Stroke Dual Exhaust System 12 Volt Electrical System Full – Flow Oil Filter 102 Inch Wheelbase 185 Inch Length 3088 lb. Weight 71 Inch Width Highly Detailed Engine Compartment and Undercarriage Owner Manual Service Records Believed to be One of Only One Produced, this Magnificent Extremely Rare Thunderbird, has traveled only limited “break-in” miles since restoration and is an Absolute Pleasure to Drive and garners all the “oohs and aahs” anytime out. Many ‘Baby Bird’ aficionados consider the “57” to be the “Last, Most Beautiful, and Most Desirable of the “Baby Birds” of the era. It is as “Straight as an Arrow” and Absolutely Immaculate Throughout. It is ready for Show or Tour. When have you last viewed a ’57 finished in Dusk-Rose with White Interior, a Conventional Transmission with Overdrive AND POWER STEERING? Ask $89,950. Call ?(770) 883-9115?
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