No deals on this rare Ford Thunderbird. The ‘57 is one of seventeen known to exist and is preparing to roll across the Mecum stage in Dallas. If you’re in the area on November 2-5, drop by and catch a glimpse. Or, if you hit the Powerball, throw down for one hell of a ride.

The 1957 Thunderbird isn’t your average T-Bird. The convertible boasts a 312-cubic-inch V8 paired with a Paxton-McCulloch supercharger. It won’t hit insane horsepower numbers, but the pair is good enough for 300hp and sub-six second 0-60 times. Top speed hits nearly 130mph.

1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird rear

It’s a classic. The idea isn’t to blow out windows; it’s to have everyone you pass scramble for their smartphone cameras. The 1957 Thunderbird is all about turning heads.

What’s nuts is the fact it’s a one-owner car. The F-Bird is factory supercharged (professionally restored) and the owner meticulously maintained it in California until his death. Hell, the odometer reads 50,174. Obviously, it was a special occasion car because daily drivers put 20-30K miles on a vehicle in a year. The F-Bird barely hits 50K miles.

1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird engine


In addition to the low miles and the fact it looks badass, there’s plenty to marvel at:

  • EDB-D low compression supercharged heads
  • Paxton VR57-A rebuilt blower
  • Carburetor EDB 9510 AB
  • Intake manifold EDB9425 date code March 1957
  • Blower belts ECJ-6556-B FO MO CO
  • Distributor, tachometer drive dual point FEJ 1212 7D
  • Produced July 22, 1957
  • Believed to be 50,174 miles
  • Sold new to San Jose, California
  • Same California owner from 1958 until his passing
  • Not subjected to high humidity climates
  • This special reported 1 of 17 F7FH supercharged known
  • Manual transmission
  • 312/300 HP V-8 engine
  • Raven Black with Torch Red interior

1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird interior

Price? Estimates from Mecum are in the $250,000 – $275,000 range. And to think, a collector will snap it up to place it in a garage. I’d have to drive it. How could you pay that much and turn it into garage art? Not me. Serious road trip time if I owned it.

For those not in the Dallas area, NBCSN will air the auctions live on Wednesday and Thursday. Jump over to Mecum TV for the times.

Gear. TV. Movies. Lifestyle. Photography. Yeah, I’m the type who sees a shiny object and is immediately captivated. Wait... There’s another. You can reach me at marcus@newsledge.com

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