Ford Thunderbird First Generation: A Timeless Classic
Prepare to be captivated by the beauty and rarity of this late 1950s Ford Thunderbird First Generation Convertible. With its iconic tail fins, abundance of chrome, and stunning Flame Red exterior with a White Hardtop, this Thunderbird is a true testament to the design aesthetics of the era. Meticulously maintained and boasting a rich history, this exceptional car has recently competed and excelled in the grueling 2022 Mille Miglia Campaign, demonstrating its impeccable performance and endurance.
The Ford Thunderbird First Generation, produced from 1955 to 1957, represents a significant milestone in American automotive history. It was Ford's response to the growing popularity of European sports cars, particularly the Chevrolet Corvette. Dubbed a "personal car of distinction," the Thunderbird combined elements of bespoke roadsters from the 1930s with mass-market components, paving the way for the evolution of the personal luxury car segment in the United States.
Under the hood of this Thunderbird beats a correct matching numbers 312cu.in. 5.1-liter Y Block V8 engine, mated to an original and incredibly rare 3-speed manual transmission. This particular model is a factory D-Code car, featuring the original D-Code specification factory-fitted Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor. With an impressive power output of 245bhp and 324lb.ft. of torque, this Thunderbird delivers a thrilling driving experience, even by today's standards. The car is also equipped with its original spare wheel and jack.
One of the standout features of this Thunderbird is its rare and desirable "knock off" style genuine chrome wire-spoked wheels, paired with period-style full-width Whitewall Bias Belt Tires. These distinctive wheels perfectly complement the car's classic styling and further enhance its visual appeal.
Having spent the majority of its life in the sunny and dry climate of California, this Thunderbird boasts a remarkably clean and rust-free body. The original Ford steel floor panels and boot floor remain untouched, showcasing the car's exceptional originality and preservation. The flawless paint quality, well-preserved chrome accents, and remarkably fresh interior all contribute to the overall show-condition presentation of this Thunderbird.
This particular Thunderbird has a recorded mileage of only 26,000 original miles, which is believed to be accurate. Privately imported from California in 2017, the car has had limited road use in the UK and has primarily been displayed in a temperature-controlled showroom. It is UK registered and comes with US classic-style number plates.
Included with the car is a quick-detachable factory steel hardtop, featuring the Thunderbird's signature porthole rear pillar windows. This additional feature adds versatility to the driving experience, allowing for open-air enjoyment or the option of a closed-top driving experience when desired.
Overall, this Ford Thunderbird First Generation Convertible is a true automotive gem. Its stunning appearance, exceptional performance, and rich history make it a highly desirable collector's item. Whether displayed at prestigious shows or enjoyed on the open road, this Thunderbird is sure to turn heads and evoke a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era.
To truly appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of this Thunderbird, a personal viewing is highly recommended. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our knowledgeable sales team at Ph: 01621 879579. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to own a timeless classic that drives like a dream.