In 1951, Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM executive was lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II to build a new car. While in Paris with Frank Hershey, a chief Ford designer, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, “Why can’t we have something like that?” These three men are generally credited with creating the original Thunderbird. The vision was a two seat convertible powered by an Interceptor V8 that was capable of going 100 MPH.
Finished in Flame Red over a white interior, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird is the recipient of a complete rotisserie restoration. Post restoration, the car has been stored in a climate controlled garage, and driven to local shows and in parades. The car is highly detailed from top to bottom and features a lever of undercarriage detail that is a show stopper all by itself.
The motor is the D code 312 CI unit pushing power through the Fordomatic transmission. The smooth running engine was an upgrade over the 292 2bbl standard configuration, and makes a solid 245 HP. The engine compartment itself is very correct and is kitted out with the proper lines, hoses, clamps and wiring. The motor is smooth running is has had no trouble maintaining cool operating temps in our hot Missouri climate where the car has lived post restoration.
Around town, the Thunderbird is an all-around nice driving car. During the restoration, the brakes and suspension were completely rebuilt resulting a ride that is about as close to original as you are going to get. Power steering makes the car easy to maneuver, and the AC will keep you nice and cool as you cruise the roads.
Firestone whitewall tires
For the Ford enthusiast looking for a Thunderbird that can be driven to the shows, and win them as well, this car has been proven in both of those arenas and will not disappoint.