1957 Ford Thunderbird E Code

1957 Ford Thunderbird E Code


In the final year of the first generation, two-seat Thunderbird, several styling changes brought the Thunderbird to the height of ’57 fashion. The front bumper was no longer a straight line and lost its two round overriders. The fins became taller and sharper, and ended in tail lights shaped like jet exhaust nozzles. Smaller 14-inch wheels lowered the stance of the car. The trunk grew in size. Engine displacement options included 212, 292 and 312 c.i.d. This E Code car is of the latter displacement, with dual four-barrel carburetors and delivering 270 horsepower through a four-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Coral Sand.

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1957 Ford

  • MODEL NAME - Thunderbird

  • SERIES - E Code

  • BODY TYPE - 2 Door Convertible

  • BODY BY- Ford Motor Co.

  • # CYLS. - OHV V8

  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - 3-Speed Manual with Overdrive, Rear-Wheel Drive

  • WEIGHT - 2,980 lbs

  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 1499 E Code, 21,380 total

  • HP - 270

  • C.I.D. - 312

  • WHEELBASE - 102″

  • PRICE NEW - $2,944

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A larger grille set off the restyle, while lower bumpers and a switch from fifteen to fourteen-inch wheels gave it a more low-slung look. More prominent tailfins and larger taillights on the lengthened rear end came from drawings by Bill Boyer. The spare tire, which had been moved continental-style outside to the rear bumper in 1956, was moved back inside, but now with extra luggage space. New round instruments and new upholstery combinations woke up the interior. It was a sales record for Thunderbird at 21,380 for 1957, of which as few as 1,499 were E-Codes.

This example is refinished in its original Coral Sand color. It’s well optioned with the “Thunderbird 312 Super V-8” with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors. Other options include the Dial-A-Matic seat, which automatically rolls back when the car is shut off for an easier exit; it has a memory feature to return the seat its last selection upon restart. Noted marque expert Phil McCurdy completed a concours restoration in 2012, after which it received several prestigious national awards. It joined the collection in 2017.