Among classic car restorers, the “good ol’ days” of the 1950s provide some of the best classic cars to work on. One such vehicle is the 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The concept for the Ford Thunderbird began in 1953 as a response to the ever-popular Chevrolet Corvette, and while both are popular, there are certainly things about the Thunderbird that will always set it apart from the Corvette. The Thunderbird itself was on the production line from 1955-1997, and then again from 2002-2005 as a personal luxury vehicle, and though the idea had come about years before Ford began production on the Thunderbird.
The 1957 Ford Thunderbird got a big facelift from the previous model year, sporting a new front bumper, grille, tail fins, and tail lamps. The car had a rear-wheel drive and weighed in at about one and a half tons and sported a steel unibody chassis. Under the hood was a 312 cubic inch V8 engine which produced 245 horsepower, but upgrades were available, which would give the car up to 300 horsepower. The car was fairly high in price, at about $3,406. Today, that amount is equal to about $28,050, after accounting for inflation.
As a pleasant surprise to the top Ford executives, the 1957 Ford Thunderbird succeeded in achieving record-breaking sales for that model, totaling round 21,380 units. While that production number may not seem large, it is pretty impressive for a model that was not exactly a family car for most Americans at the time. 1957 Ford Thunderbird offers several different ways to make improvements or add finishing touches that could set it apart from others. Indeed, this is yet another great classic car to display at any car show.