Lot 166 - 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot 166 - 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot 166 - 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot Number 166
Registration 699 YUN
Chassis Number D7FH393838
Engine Number C2AEGO15C
Odometer reading 17,000 miles
Estimate £33,000 - £38,000
  • Matching numbers
  • Beautiful example
  • Desirable 1957 model

The Ford Thunderbird (‘T-Bird’) began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet's new sports car, the Corvette, which was publicly unveiled in prototype form just a month before. Under rapid development, the Thunderbird went from drawing board to prototype in about a year, being unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on 20th February 1954. It was manufactured by Ford in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through to 2005. The second to fourth generation Thunderbird convertibles were similar in design to the Lincoln convertible of the time and borrowed from earlier Ford hardtop/convertible designs. While these Thunderbird models had a true convertible soft top, the top was lowered to stow in the boot area, considerably reducing available boot space when the top was down. The overall appearance was a sleek look with no trace of a convertible top at all.

This 1957 Thunderbird can only be described as beautiful; a series three example which, importantly, is the last of the first model released and has the desirable porthole hardtop along with the contrasting soft top. Imported into the UK in November 2012, the car obviously saw little or no rain in its former life and has been used sparingly since its UK registration. The 5113cc, V8 engine performs well and sounds exquisite and 699 YUN is finished in gleaming white with contrasting red leather interior. Oceans of chromework and overall excellent condition make this a stunning looking T-Bird and the car is supplied to auction with a V5C registration document. Thunderbirds as good as this are hard to find, there are very few driving experiences that can compete.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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