FORD THUNDERBIRD - Unreal Quality
Est £36,000 - £50,000
This car is in auction on The Market website. The auction is LIVE now and finishes on 23rd September. Price is an estimate.
Built on the 23rd of November 1957 at the Dearborn plant in Michigan, this Torch Red Ford Thunderbird is one of the last cars ever built - and as such features all the Good Stuff.
Like a Colonial White ‘port-hole’ hardtop, a pleated Flame Red vinyl interior, a 312cu (5.1-litre) 245bhp V8 engine, and the nicest exhaust note this side of the Jordan F1 car we’re selling.
Mated to the wonderfully named three-speed Ford-o-matic, this matching numbers car is still finished in its original specification.
Showing just two previous UK keepers, it came here direct from the Classic Car Studio dealership in St Louis, in 2007. We are told that it was fully restored at some point prior to that with the work being carried out to a show-winning standard.
Having now covered just 7,800miles since its restoration, it remains in “captivating” condition according to the boss, a man regular watchers will know is not known for his unfettered outbursts of praise…
“We were makin’ Thunderbirds
We were makin’ Thunderbirds
They were long and low and sleek and fast
They were classic in a word.”
‘Makin’ Thunderbirds’ by Bob Segar
Whoever restored the coachwork really knew their stuff; just take a look at the shutlines, the panel alignment, and the complete absence of the sort of bodgery that haunts lesser examples.
And the Torch Red paintwork is just as good as the underlying metalwork, gleaming in the sun and beaming with unrestrained 1950’s optimism and pride. Lashings of chrome too, all of which looks glorious and needs nothing other than continued polishing and admiration.
The twin exhausts exit neatly from the rear bumpers and the rear wings, with their innovative use of fins, are perfectly judged being stylish without being vulgar. The rear wheel spats are a delightfully retro touch too, as are the hood scoop, and the torpedo-style rear lights.
The Colonial White ‘port-hole’ fibreglass hardtop is in a very good condition, as is the white folding fabric roof. The headlinings of both are clean and undamaged.
The chromed wire wheels, complete with Thunderbird-branded three-eared spinners, are in a very good condition. They’re shod with whitewall 7.50-14 tyres too, all of which have good tread.
The car’s overall condition comes with third-party endorsements courtesy of its show-winning status having won trophies from the American Auto Club UK where it won ‘Best in Show’, the US Summer Nationals (Car of the Show), Americana (Best Thunderbird), Classic Americana (Best in Show), plus many others.
Problems seem to be limited to the odd stonechip and minor mark – but given that red is one of the easiest colours to match, touching these small blemishes in would be an easy and very satisfying job.
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- LayoutFront Engined
- Body typeConvertible
- Previous owners2
Reference #10855003 | Trade advert