If you're going back to the '50s, THIS is how you do it. A very pretty Starmist Blue 1957 Ford Thunderbird, nicely restored and ready to go. Add in a fantastic blue/light blue interior, a strong 312, and a few desirable options and you have one of the most iconic symbols of the period that's also a lot of fun to drive.
Check the door tag again and you'll discover that this one was always Starmist Blue with a Colonial White hardtop, so the restorers dared not get creative and commit a color change faux pas. If you're going to drive a '50s icon, it should be a pastel color and we can't argue with how great the original shade of light blue looks on the befinned '57. The car seems to glow from within, and you'll note that even in our photos, the color seems to reach out to its surroundings, giving everything a lovely blue tint. Restored several years ago, the car does show some minor signs of use, but I think it would be hard to resist the siren call of the open road were this lovely T-Bird living in my garage. The finish is a highly accurate reproduction of the original color, expertly rendered in modern paints so it'll last virtually forever with consistent care, and while there's some age on it, there's nothing that will stop you from attracting a crowd everywhere you go. Light blue shows off the car's good body gaps, particularly on the hood and trunk which can be tricky to fit properly, and all the chrome is in good order, another important factor on a '50s car.
Two elegant shades of blue is the right choice to match up with the Starmist Blue bodywork, blending in the drama to the exterior and making the interior a comfortable place to enjoy a weekend drive. The seats, door panels, and carpets were restored when the car was refinished a few years ago, and while there are comfort marks on the seat, it's still a very stylish interior. The dash shows correct pleats on the pad, and is full of original gauges in good shape, all nestled into a bright engine-turned panel. It also features a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, which makes this 'Bird very easy and relaxing to drive. The trunk is correctly finished with a period mat set and full-sized spare, which was moved back inside the trunk to alleviate understeer problems with the continental kit on the '56s. And when you bought your new Thunderbird in 1957, you could have either a hardtop or folding soft top at no charge, so this car's original owner selected a Colonial White porthole hardtop that's still in good original condition.
The D-code 312 cubic inch V8 is topped by an Edelbrock 600CFM 4-barrel carburetor and makes robust horsepower, enough to make this Baby Bird an impressive performer out on the open road. The engine bay is neat but not overly detailed, showing off one of the best-looking engines ever. Finned valve covers with Thunderbird logos are works of art by themselves, and the bright red engine still shows through and shows only regular signs of use beyond the inevitable scale on the cast iron exhaust manifolds. Underneath, it's very solid and shows signs of careful use, but nothing that should alarm a guy who wants to drive his new Thunderbird, and the newer dual exhaust system sounds great! Factory steel wheels with proper Ford hubcaps are an ideal choice on any Thunderbird and carry 205/75/14 thin whitewall radials.