1957 Ford Thunderbird


1957 Ford Thunderbird
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.

1957 Ford Thunderbird

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
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.
1957 Ford Thunderbird
1957 Ford Thunderbird.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
released at1954 Detroit Auto Show
built atDetroit, USA
production21380
engineP-Code 90º V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
block materialCast Iron
valvetrainPushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed4-Choke Carburetor
displacement5113 cc / 312 in³
bore96.5 mm / 3.8 in
stroke87.4 mm / 3.44 in
compression8.4:1
power182.7 kw / 245 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output47.92 bhp per litre
bhp/weight163.33 bhp per tonne
torque450.1 nm / 332 ft lbs @ 2300 rpm
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
steeringWorm & Roller
curb weight1500 kg / 3308 lbs
wheelbase2591 mm / 102.0 in
length4453 mm / 175.3 in
width1829 mm / 72 in
height1321 mm / 52 in
transmission3-Speed Manual
top speed~185.1 kph / 115 mph
0 – 1/4 mile~17.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

1957 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird D7FH105448 – sold for $37,000 312 CI engine. Automatic transmission. Town & Country AM radio. Kelsey Hayes wire wheels. Firestone whitewall tires. Removable top. Fender skirts. Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions

1957 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird D7FH120130 – sold for $39,600 Exceptionally well-restored example. Striking color combination. Highly optioned example with power steering and brakes. The last year for the classic Thunderbird. Offered with restoration receipts. Auction Source: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams

1957 Ford Thunderbird

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

1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code – sold for $77,000 Designated “Senior Car” by CTCI. Highly Desirable E-Code Version. Excellent Running and Driving Condition. Less than 1,000 Miles Since Comprehensive Restoration. Stunning White-on-White Color Scheme. Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

1957 Ford Thunderbird
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

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

1957 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird E Code Convertible – did not sell for $37,500 Very rare E-Bird. One of 1,499 built. 312 V-8, 270 HP dual quads. Recent paint job. Automatic. Two tops. Fender skirts. Town and Country radio works. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum