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1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD RARE "E" BIRD ROADSTER

ONLY 149 CARRIED THE 312 C.I. V8 WITH 2-FOUR BARREL CARBS AND 3-SPEED TRANSMISSION FROM THE FACTORY (1,499 'E-TYPE BIRDS' WERE PRODUCED TOTAL). IT WAS CODED 'E" ON THE VIN TAG AND TITLE DELINEATING* THE THUNDERBIRD "SPECIAL" V8, OVERHEAD VALVES, CAST IRON BLOCK, 10:01 COMPRESSION RATIO AND "RACING KIT" 285 HP @ 5,000 RPM , 2-4V CARBS AND 5 MAIN BEARINGS. THE "E" BIRDS WERE NOT HEAVILY LADEN WITH ALOT OF FANCY OPTIONS... SIMPLY BECAUSE FORD DID NOT OFFER THAT MANY AND BECAUSE MANY WERE USED FOR RACING. THE PRUDENT BUYER DID NOT LOAD THE MOTOR UP WITH 'POWER ROBBING' EQUIPMENT. OUR CAR IS FINISHED IN FLAME RED WITH MATCHING RED INTERIOR, HARDTOP AND WHITE SOFT TOP. IT CARRIES THE CORRECT 3 SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH THE RARE OVERDRIVE UNIT, HEATER AND DEFROSTER, CHROME KELSEY-HAYES WIRE WHEELS, HARDTOP WITH OPTIONAL PORTHOLE, FACTORY SOFT TOP W/ NEW CORRECT FRAME, RARE TONNEAU COVER OPTION (RED), REAR FENDER SKIRTS WITH FENDER SHIELDS, HIDDEN UPGRADES ON THE ORIGINAL AM/FM "TOWN & COUNTRY" RADIO, OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, SELDOM SEEN TRUNK MOUNT ANTENNA, TACHOMETER, WORKING CLOCK, OVERSIZED W.W.W. TIRES AND 3:70 REAR. THIS IS A FRESH $91,655.32 RESTORATION OF A CAR THAT WAS PURCHASED FROM A VIRGINIA MUSEUM AND THEN SOLD TO A FORD DEALER WHO HAD A SUBSTANTIAL FORD COLLECTION. IT BECAME AVAILABLE UPON HIS DEMISE... IT WAS RECENTLY SOLD TO A LOCAL FLA. GENTLEMAN WHO PLACED THE CAR IN A COMPREHENSIVE, TRUE 'NUT * BOLT" RESTORATION. THEN IT FOUND IT'S WAY HERE. THIS YEAR IN HISTORY WAS NOT ONLY THE LAST YEAR FOR THE VINTAGE "T-BIRD" BUT, ALSO BECAUSE IT IS THE YEAR WELL-KNOWN FOR THE FACT THIS IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER, AND MOST DESIRED, OF ALL "THE BABY BIRDS". FORD BUILT 21,380 THUNDERBIRDS IN 1957 BUT, ONLY 1499 DUAL CARBURETED "E BIRD'S". . THIS CAR JUST WON THE COVETED MAGUIRE'S AWARD AT THE WINTER PARK CONCOURSE (SEE PHOTO). IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE RED '57 BIRD- YOU JUST FOUND IT! IN THIS CONDITION: THIS CAR BOOKS OUT FOR WAY MORE MONEY THAN WE ARE ASKING -THIS IS THE SAME CAR THAT SOLD (IN BLACK) AT BARRATT-JACKSON / SCOTTSDALE 1/16/09 FOR $117,000 +$11,700 BUYERS FEE( =$128,700). NO NONSENSE / RECESSION PRICED AT $102,000 O.N.O.

* THEREFORE IT IS AGAINST FEDERAL LAW TO ALTER THE VIN OF THE E-BIRD

THE STORY:

If you remember "The Mouseketeers", Jane Mansfield and Elvis Presley you're on the right track to remember what it was like to live in 1957. Allen Ginsberg wrote that year of "The best minds In the business are being destroyed by madness..." in an epic poem which would serve as the precursor to the "Beat Generation". RCA Records would sign Elvis who immediately released "Heartbreak Hotel" in March 1957. By the end of the year, he would score TEN other #1 Hits including "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender" and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". Other Top Tunesters were Guy Mitchell with "Singing The Blues" and Kay Starr "The Rock 'n Roll Waltz". Top Television Shows (on Black & White TV) would be "The $64,000 Question", "I Love Lucy", "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Disneyland" ( with what seemed like a 15 minute introduction) and "The Jack Benny Show". Rock and Roll took the Nation by storm..... leaving no prisoners. You couldn't turn on your AM radio without hearing Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Andy Williams, The Platters, Pat Boone or Buddy Holly..... plastered all over the airwaves. Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' became a mainstay on after-school TV. If you had a date, and you weren't 'necking' on Air Force Beach you were at the Drive-In Movies or the Drive-In -Diner. Little kids collected 'Ants' in the device invented by Milton Levine called "The Ant Farm"..."a living TV Screen for only $1.98" (and $5 in pest control when you knocked the plastic case on the floor). Best Actor that year, would be Yul Brynner in "The King and I" while Ingrid Bergman got accolades for Best Actress in "Anastasia". Jane Mansfield caused sensory overload with her more than ample attributes in "The Girl Can't Help It".... while Elvis scored big at the Box Office with his First Movie "Love Me Tender". America's rural population declined more and more as families sold their ranches and farms and moved to 'housing tracts'. You could buy a beautiful "Ranch Style Bungalow" for only $11,000. An amazing Six Million trucks and cars were sold in 1957, with one in every 8 being a Station Wagon. Ford would be the very first to offer a "Safety Package" that included a Padded Dash, Sun Visors, Deep Dish Steering Wheel, & Safety Door Latches. Comically, few American's were interested as very only a few hundred were ordered and the package was withdrawn the very next year. Later it became mandatory!

Ford was indeed FIRST as they offered the 'Retractable Hardtop' for the First Time, Chrysler offered the 'HiWay Hi-Fi', 16 1/2 rpm auto record player, and Continental Kits were The Rage. No one knows whether it was Suzanne Summers appearance in "American Graffiti", driving a White '57 T-Bird, or the fact the car 'appears' Small & Sexy ( actually, its the same size as a early Mustang) but, the 1957 Thunderbird is an American Icon Car fit for a Pedestal. The majority of T-Bird production was the 312 V8 with a 4 barrel carb coupled to the classic 2-speed Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission but, only a handful were built expressly for Performance Fanatics. Those carried the 3-speed transmission ( some, like ours, were even fitted with the gas-saving Overdrive). This package provided you with incredible performance and rocket-like take-off. But, the Real Motorheads ticked off the "E" box and ordered the 312 / 285 hp "Racing V8" with 2-4 carb's. Due to the relatively light weight this gave you a Real Performance Machine. Understanding the Bird weighed in at 3145 lb.s vs. the 3274 lb. Bel Air vs. 3475 lb. Belvedere Plymouth. Ford licked the out-of-whack gravity problem of the '56 'outside spare tire carrier 'by moving the spare back into the trunk. Ford even offered a 340 hp Paxton Supercharged version.... though production books only show 25 or 140 (depending which one you read) actually being built. Many folks don't realize that the 1957 model was actually 4 inches shorter than it's 1956 counterpart and, that Ford used the straddle-mount pinion this year only for better handling & greater durability. Another factoid is that the Town & Country Radio originally was offered with a feature that increased the radio volume with speed. They also offered an option which allowed the Power Seat to return automatically back to the rearward position. After the owner replaced a few batteries this 'cute' but, power sucking feature was junked. The dash got a 140 mph speedo this year but, lost the 'greenhouse' seen on the 1956 model . It is a published fact the 1957 Model T-Bird was so popular Ford continued to build them more than 3 months into 1958 production. When the Car Magazines released photo's of the "all new" Thunderbird for 1958 and people saw the much larger, 'boxy' 1958 4-passenger model- they were shocked (horrified) and orders poured in for the Baby Bird (production continued to Dec. 13 1957). So, this car was 'iconic' before it was even a year old. Not to mention..the baby Bird out-sold Corvette by huge margins 1955-1957*. The 1957 Thunderbird definitely earns it's place in The Collector Car Hall of Fame.

*FORD THUNDERBIRD SALES

1955 16,155

1956 15,631

1957 21,380

CHEVROLET CORVETTE SALES

1955m 700

1956 m3,467

1957 m6,339