The 1957 Thunderbird was the last of the "classic" two-seat T-Birds. Restyled for the new model year, the '57 had tail fins, opera windows, a new grill and a choice of five V-8 engines. The last two-seater was built on Dec. 16, 1957.
In 1957 Ford modified the Thunderbird with new front and rear ends as well as a more powerful V8 engine. This more powerful model was met with great enthusiasm by consumers who purchased over 20,000 units that year.
Upgrades to the 1957 model year included larger 14-inch wheels, increased chassis rigidity, a new suspension, larger brakes.
Five distinct V8s were offered. On the lower end was the 292 in³ and a D-code 312 in³, called the Thunderbird Special V8, with a single Holley carb. Higher spec cars included the E-code which used dual Holley four-barrels to produce 270 bhp or 285 with a racing kit which had 10.0:1 compression large port heads, dual 4 barrel carburetors, 290 degree cam and reworked distributor. At the top end was the F-code McCullough-Paxton supercharged model which offered 300 horsepower.
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible – sold for $26,500 An Original California car built in Los Angeles. Unrestored. Original paint and interior. Correct engine and transmission. No rust anywhere.. Power steering. Power seat. Town and Country radio. A great car to enjoy. Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
1957 Ford Thunderbird D7FH123145 – sold for $50,600 One Owner for 54 Years. Restored by a Marque Expert. Well-Documented, Matching-Numbers Example. Rare Factory Paint Color. Perfect for CTCI Events. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
1957 Ford Thunderbird Automatic – sold for $22,000 Pristine 1957 Thunderbird. Driven less than 10,000 miles since engine rebuilt. Transmission rebuilt. Fully restored to original color Coral Sand, one of the original 1957 T-Bird colors. New upholstery. New wiring harness. New gasket around convertible top. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum