*1957 Ford Thunderbird* In February 1953, the Thunderbird was first debuted to the world-a two door Italian-inspired coupe built for traveling in both speed and great comfort, it was like nothing Ford had produced before.The Thunderbird featured a new design language for Ford with slim tailfins, a low cowl and a prominent hood scoop out front. The 150mph speedometer alluded to the sporting nature of the car and the removable fiberglass hardtop added practicality over a standard cloth convertible top. Immediately the Thunderbird was a huge success outselling its rival, the Corvette by 23 to 1. In 1957, Ford wanted to freshen their design and, in an effort to gain some ground on the all new 1957 Corvette, they developed a line of new engine options. The tailfins grew and the trunk got longer, the grill became wider and the interior gauge cluster received a major overhaul- these design modifications were a unanimous success and Ford had once again broken their own sales record with over 21,000 Thunderbirds built in 1957 alone. This 1957 Thunderbird is a beautiful example of the model which has been restored and lightly modified for maximum driving enjoyment. Finished in a striking shade of Aqua Blue with a matching Aqua Blue interior, this Thunderbird was recently treated to a 2-year frame off restoration and finished to an extremely high standard. Although the car appears to be a stock restoration from the outside, under the hood lies a 312ci Y-Block V8 with an uprated camshaft and throttle-body fuel injection. In addition, an electric fuel pump and updated Griffin radiator were added- all of these combine to make the Thunderbird both a fantastic performer and a more reliable cruiser. What is particularly nice about these modifications is, unless you knew about them, you wouldn’t even notice them when you look under the hood. The car retains its stock Thunderbird valve covers and a beautiful chrome air cleaner and the whole engine bay looks tidy and original until you begin to dig deeper. The modifications don’t end with the engine either. Under the car, a rack and pinion steering system has been added as well as oversized sway bars for greatly improved handling. The car now has front disc brakes and wire wheels fitted with radial tires. On the inside, the interior has been restored to stock appearance but features a tilt steering column, modern air conditioning and an original looking radio with Bluetooth connectivity. Cruise control has also been added, making this car perfect for a club drive or road trip. When you first look into the car, you would have no idea about any of these modifications but their seamless integration into the beautiful Aqua Blue cabin makes this Thunderbird so much more pleasant to use. Any restored Thunderbird is a thing of beauty and a truly special car but the modern conveniences that have been so carefully placed throughout this car make it a real one of a kind vehicle that is ready to be enjoyed for years to come. *Aftermarket Upgrades* * Uprated Camshaft * Throttle Body Fuel Injection * Electric Fuel Pump * Cruise Control * Rack and Pinion Steering * Front Disc Brakes * Oversized Sway Bars * Griffin Radiator * Wire Wheels * Radial Tires * Tilt Steering Column * Modern Air Conditioning * Bluetooth Radio *Standard Features* * Pleated Vinyl Upholstery * Variable-Intensity Illuminated Control Knobs * Automatic Courtesy Light on Instrument Panel * Rear View Mirror on Windshield Upper Molding * Dual Horns * Deep-Center Lifeguard Steering Wheel * 2-Inch In-Out Adjustable Telescoping Steering Wheel * Tachometer * Electric Clock with Sweep Second Hand * Cigarette Lighter and Ash Tray * Glass-Fibre Top (with or without Port Windows; no charge) * Lifeguard Door Latches * Lifeguard Rear View Mirror * Exterior Rear View Mirror (Driver's Door) * Cowl Side Vents * Glass Wind Deflectors For more information on this 1957 Ford Thunderbird, or any of our other luxury and high-performance sedans always in stock, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable sales team, or always feel free to stop by our Bellevue, WA Park Place Ltd campus - Where we have over 40,000 sq ft of indoor showrooms filled with the finest cars. As part of the Park Place Motor Group family, which includes Park Place Aston Martin and Lotus of Bellevue, Park Place Ltd is Home to the West Coast's Most Diverse Inventory of Luxury, Exotic, Collectible and Special Interest Automobiles. Nobody Has What We Have!