1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible (1957)




1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible
• 1 of just 1,499 incredibly rare and highly sought-after 'E-Bird's'
• Two-owner car from new with a vast array of original documentation including dealer invoice and bill of sale
• Two tops, power steering, brakes and seats, correct full-size spare and jack
• Recipient of a precisely correct frame-up restoration
• Equipped with a 312-cubic-inch V-8 engine generating 270 horsepower
5.1-liter 312 cid Y block V-8 engine, dual four-barrel Holley carburetors, three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”
Few luxury items of the period capture the elegance and downright swanky glamour of the Fifties like a Thunderbird. So much more than the cliché of drugstore malts, poodle skirts and boy bands, the Thunderbird epitomizes the brass ring of the Fifties – Mr. Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Martinis, black and white cinema and Ciro’s. The true heavy-hitters went for the T-Bird “all the way,” as old blue eyes would say. It just doesn’t get more classic than a first-generation T-Bird and this exquisite torch red example is 1 of only 1,499 rare E-Code options produced in 1957’s 21,380-production run. Well-documented, meticulously, and correctly restored, this two-owner E-Bird is truly something very special.
With the 1955 Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company was a touch behind in producing their first two-seater since before the war. Seven years earlier, 1948 was a year of superstars as Jaguar released its XK120 and Porsche released the 356. Mercedes followed suit with the Gullwing in 1954 and even Chevrolet released its Corvette by 1953 on our shores. Nevertheless, what Ford lacked in timing, they more than made up for in design! Within the first ten days of its release, the T-Bird sold 3,500 orders! Corvette would rack up far less than a thousand buyers in that entire year. The two-seat model had a three-year run with ongoing changes. Many T-Bird enthusiasts feel 1957 was the apex of not only the first generation, but of the entire lifespan of the Thunderbird. Among the modifications were a stretched front bumper that incorporated a front license plate and parking lights quite seamlessly as well as the spare tire’s return to the inside of the trunk as opposed to the 1956 trunk mount. This elongated the body by roughly six inches and achieved an even sleeker silhouette. The tail end of the car integrated the dual exhaust into the rear chrome bumper, which was framed by slightly enlarged fins and signature round taillights. The final result was an iconic body style that accounted for every detail of design, which is why it remains a timeless classic and is fresh even today. Of the 21,380 T-Birds produced in 1957, less than 1,500 were E-Codes, or “E-Birds.” Consequently, they are among the most highly sought-after Thunderbirds out there. The E-Bird came equipped with a 5.1-liter, 312-cubic inch, Y block V-8 fed by two four-barrel Holley “teapot-style” ECJ-9510-AB carburetors, which dished out 270 horsepower, 336 pounds of torque and substantially more power, bore and compression ratio than the other three engine options available.
Among these rare birds, is a pampered example offered here. With correct Torch Red exterior, Flame Red interior and new chrome and brightwork, this E-Bird is as pristine as it is classic. Purchased new on April 30, 1958 from Robert Lee Ford in Cleveland, Ohio, this car remained in the same hands for over 48 years. Lovingly kept throughout its life, this beautiful automobile comes with a treasure trove of original documents. A two-owner car, the E-Bird only changed hands in September of 2016; following the purchase the owner spared no expense in a correct and comprehensive frame-up restoration. It has only enjoyed a few hundred miles on, what is believed to be, the original sub-76,000-odometer since restoration. A peek under the hood reveals correct ECZ-6015 engine casting number, correct dual four-barrel Holley “teapot-style” carburetors, the Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission and engine dress kit, which are believed to be all-original components. Complete with power steering, power brakes and power seats, this car has all the amenities. This very attractive red convertible comes with the trademark porthole hardtop, a retractable soft top that stows behind the beautifully upholstered flame red seats and is dressed to the nines in gleaming fender skirts, whitewall tires and correct red steel wheels and hubcaps. Inside the cabin, everything is correct from the flame red loop carpeting to the engine-turned aluminum door panel trim, the magnificent red and chrome telescopic-tilt steering wheel as well as factory AM radio, clock, and tachometer. This wonderful example comes with a vast file of original documents including dealer invoice, loan paperwork, warranty booklet, bill of sale, order form, 1958 insurance receipts and a copy of the Pennsylvania title as well as trunk containing a full-size correct spare, jack, and trunk mat. Very few of these rare E-Birds were produced and even fewer are in such immaculate and pure condition. If you ever dreamed of owning a first-generation Thunderbird, this an excellent, low production, concours-level example.

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  • Year: 1957
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Red

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