- Low production factory E-Code example
- $100,000 body-off-the-frame-restoration in 2014
- AACA Senior Award winner, multiple Best of Show awards
- Rare factory Inca Gold car with both hard and soft tops
- Accompanied by its original sales invoice
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1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Roadster
Subsequent to Chevrolet making deliveries of the new Corvette, its sizzling Motorama show car, Ford countered just two years later with the sporty, yet elegant, Thunderbird. The 1955 Corvette and Thunderbird were both two-seaters based on production sedan components, but the likeness ended there. While the Corvette was presented as a sporty two-seater for more aggressive driving, the T-Bird was for cruising and personal transportation with no pretensions of being a sports car. That attested to be just what the buyers longed for, and in the first year, Ford built and distributed over 16,000 Thunderbirds, or about 23 Thunderbirds for every Corvette built. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird, the third year for this model, was the most popular of all the Thunderbird two-seaters. 21,350 T-Birds were built; however, only 1,499 of them were high-performance E-Code cars.
Factory equipped with the E-Code options, this Thunderbird has the 270-horsepower 312-cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 engine with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, unique dual air cleaner, aluminum intake manifold, modified heads and cam, and the heavy-duty Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, which was all a part of the E-Code package. This example is also equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows and air-conditioning. A landmark personal luxury car with speed in its back pocket when needed, these E-Code birds actually produced more horsepower than Chevrolet's fuel-injected 283.
This factory E-Code Thunderbird was brought back to its original specifications in 2014 per its trim tags and original sales invoice, thanks to a no-expense-spared body-off-the-frame-restoration that totaled over $100,000. Ensuring this T-Bird was ready to stand up to judging events within the automotive realm, the paint cured for six months before the final assembly took place. As 1 of only 1,499 E-Code Birds to leave the factory, its rarity is elevated even higher as it is finished in Inca Gold, a color that was hardly chosen in '57. The body panels and doors are straight and narrow and the fit and finish are nice and even all around. Like the paint, the brightwork presents very well. The no-expense-spared restoration would pay off, as this E-Code Thunderbird has garnered an AACA Senior Award, an award at the Concours d' Elegance at the Saratoga Museum in 2015, and multiple other Best in Show awards over the years. This rare Thunderbird is accompanied by its original sales invoice.
The Thunderbird has stood the test of time and is recognized as a milestone in automotive design. This example, with its highly prized factory options and rare color, is ready to attend automotive events around the country and add more awards to its resume. Well-documented and presented with a $100,000 restoration that has already proven much favor at judging events, this 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Roadster presents its next caretaker with the opportunity to acquire a car that will bring great pride in ownership for decades to come.
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