Factory SUPERCHARGED 1957 Thunderbird

Another exciting rare Thunderbird restored right here in Lakewood Township by Tom Maruska will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Collector car auction in Scottsdale AZ on Saturday Jan 17 2009 around 4-6PM central (Lot#1261) It will be televised live on SPEED TV.
This one is the 34th factory Supercharged 1957 Thunderbird to be built of the 211 total built. Of that total, only 156 are known to exist today according to John Shields, keeper of the "F" Bird Registry. This wonderful example is finished in Colonial White with a strikingly beautiful red interior and a black Stay Fast softtop. The entire car just completed a frame-off rotisserie restoration in July, 2008, and has only 75 test miles since the restoration was completed. Every correct component of the Supercharger system, as well as the 312cid engine, automatic transmission, and rear end have been completely rebuilt to original specifications. In order to stay competitive in NASCAR and to keep up with the Corvette fuel injected engines, Ford developed the Supercharger system for the Thunderbird. NASCAR wouldn't allow it to be used on the track unless it was used on regular production cars so Ford began producing Supercharged Thunderbirds and Ford cars. Although Ford rated and marketed the "F" Code Thunderbirds at 300hp, McCulloch, the manufacturer of the Supercharger system rated them at 365hp, a whopping 100 hp higher than the non-Supercharged counterparts. Preying on unsuspecting Corvettes accustomed to tromping on Thunderbirds at stoplights all across the country, the new "F" Code Thunderbirds with no tell-tale markings finally got revenge in the summer of 1957. The first factory Supercharged Thunderbird hit the streets around mid-June, 1957 and began seeking out Corvettes to embarrass. The moral of the story is "don't mess with a '57 T-bird unless you know what's under the hood." The complete restoration of this rare Bird was chronicled in "Legendary Ford" magazine as well as two international Thunderbird club publications, the "VTCI Scoop" and the "CTCI Early Bird".

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ralphnader says ... on Saturday, Jan 31 at 11:26 AM

Best of the Thunderbirds,before they got big and Gaudy.....

mustanghigh66 says ... on Friday, Feb 6 at 11:46 PM

Nice,Ford ,The best of the best.

orm300ce says ... on Tuesday, Jan 26 at 9:26 PM

I would buy that baby in a second.They really run great and look like a normal bird until the light changes.

orm300ce says ... on Thursday, Aug 26 at 10:00 AM

It took two years,but I did find a cherry 57. red/red seats,air ps,pb,windows-the fun starts now.

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