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Restored to a number 1 show-car level, this striking Dusk Rose 1957 Ford Thunderbird was professionally appraised by Mr. John Carlson, the president and chief judge for the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada and the Chief Judge for the Vintage Car Club of Canada. In addition to these credentials, he is also a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), a master judge and chief class judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Pacific Northwest Concours, and chief judge for other internationally acclaimed concours shows including the Arizona, Hilton Head S.S., French Lick Indiana, and for Canada’s most prestigious car show – the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Ontario’s Georgian Bay.
This Thunderbird has been kept in heated garage storage, along with eight other Thunderbirds, since the restoration was completed. The vehicle is complete with a hard top with ’57 portholes, painted the same as the car, and a white convertible top. The car was new in California and subsequently brought to B.C. Canada in February 1983 with mileage at 92,460. It was driven until the early 90s to 113,000 miles – an average of 2,000 miles per year over 10 years. The complete, professional “frame-off” restoration was completed during the early 1990s. The restoration included a complete rebuild of the motor and transmission and all other running parts including the rear end and brakes, plus all new wheel bearings and wheel cylinders. The Thunderbird was then driven only an approximate 1,000 miles over roughly the next eight years until 2001. Next, it was taken down to bare metal and repainted from the original white to Dusk Rose at the wishes of the previous owner’s wife. It should be noted that there is no concours point deduction for changing color to another correct ’57 Thunderbird factory color. The car has been driven only a few hundred miles since the repaint was performed.
This Thunderbird is very well-equipped with all factory-available power options including the steering, brakes, windows, and ‘Dial-O-Matic’ power seats, plus a Town & Country radio. Powered by the optional ‘D’ Code 312 V-8 with 4-barrel carburetor rated at 245 horsepower, the Thunderbird is further equipped with an automatic transmission. New items installed since the car was restored include a new white convertible top fitted during the early 1990s, new mufflers in 2007, a new master cylinder in 2008, new Coker tires in 2010, and a new carburetor during 2013. If you are looking for an exceptional Thunderbird from the last model year of the glamorous and historic original two-seat design, this Thunderbird is a top-notch example with good history, quality restoration, and fastidious long-tem care. As such, this true postwar icon will certainly anchor or complement any proper collection of legendary automobiles.