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1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F Convertible

  • Chassis Number: F7FH395552
The European landscape birthed many sporty automobiles in the immediate post-World War II, inspiring the U.S. market to follow suit. General Motors introduced its Corvette in 1953, and Ford followed with its Thunderbird in 1955. The latter was a two-seater roadster with many contemporary Ford design cues, and offered with a range of potent eight-cylinder engines. The first generation of the Thunderbird was phased out in 1957, having succeeded in its goal of attracting a younger audience and 'setting the bar' for performance and style.

Thunderbirds equipped with the 'F-Code' option were known as the 'F-Birds.' This option included the Thunderbird Special 312 cu-in OHV V8 engine fitted with a McCulloch/Paxton centrifugal supercharger, pressure-sealed Holley four-barrel carburetor, and reinforced cylinder heads. The factory stated these engines produced 300 horsepower, while period tests and even Paxton Products themselves put the figure closer to 400! Additional tweaking allowed an F-Code Thunderbird to outrun the Corvettes at the 1957 Daytona Speed Week Trials, making a two-way 138.75 mph flying mile, and was later timed at 160 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The Automobile Manufacturers' Association chose to outlaw direct factory participation in racing beginning in June 1957, and as a result, the Thunderbird planned for 1958 was aimed strictly at the personal luxury market. Shedding much of its sporty persona, the Thunderbird would embrace luxury and comfort.

The F-Code remains an icon of the performance Thunderbird era. Adding over 10 percent to the Thunderbird's base price, the F-Code was reserved for the most discerning and performance-minded customer. Of the 21,380 Thunderbirds produced in 1957, approximately 197 were delivered with the F-Code supercharged engine package.

This particular F-Code Thunderbird left the factory wearing a Gunmetal Grey exterior. It has been given a full nut-and-bolt restoration by Thunderbird expert Amos Minter and his restoration facility, Minter's Thunderbirds.

This F-Code Thunderbird was completed at the Dearborn plant during the Fall of 1957, and invoiced to Klew Motor Sales of Los Angeles, California, on November 23. It was given the F-Code 312 CID V8 engine, a factory hardtop top, and finished in Gunmetal Grey.

This Thunderbird had been in California and then in Phoenix, Arizona, with David Ivan through the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Minter was able to purchase it in the early 2000s in unrestored yet solid condition. Bringing it to his Dallas, Texas facility, the car remained with Mr. Minter in his personal collection for the next few decades. Later, it was given a factory-correct concours quality restoration.

In 2021, the car was sold to Judge Joseph Cassini before the restoration had been completed. When the work was completed, the Gunmetal Grey F-Code Thunderbird joined the Cassini Collection.

The interior of this Thunderbird is done in Flame Red and it rides on chrome wire wheels with three-eared spinner hubs. There are power steering and brakes, a factory jack, a lug wrench, fully restored spare tire, and a classic 'porthole' factory hardtop in Gunmetal Grey.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2024

2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $263,200

1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Ford Thunderbird Model F

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Chassis#: F7FH395552
Sold for USD$263,200
  2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia
1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F image  1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F image  
1957 Ford Thunderbird 'F-Code'
Chassis#: F7FH339026
Sold for USD$224,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$71,500
  2022 Mecum : Chattanooga
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$115,500
  2022 Mecum : Dallas
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Chassis#: F7FH333802
Sold for USD$187,000
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$203,500
  2021 Mecum : Tulsa
 
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-CODE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: F7FH382563
Sold for USD$110,000
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$181,500
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$297,000
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$264,000
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$178,750
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird
Chassis#: F7FH368298
Sold for USD$175,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird
Sold for USD$117,500
  2017 Mecum : Houston
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$142,500
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$176,000
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-CODE
Chassis#: F7FH331499
Sold for USD$185,000
  2015 Mecum - Anaheim
 
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-BIRD
Sold for USD$225,000
  2015 Mecum - Dallas
 
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-BIRD
Sold for USD$225,000
  2015 Mecum - Dallas
 
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
Sold for USD$142,500
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD 'F' CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: F7FH331536
Sold for USD$192,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 

Ford Thunderbird Model Fs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2021 Mecum : Indy 2021$250,000$325,000$375,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2021 Mecum : Indy 2021$140,000$200,000$250,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$125,000$140,000$160,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2020 Mecum : Glendale$150,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$160,000$175,000$250,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Louisville$200,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Dallas$145,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Dallas$130,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$235,000$300,000$400,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$230,000$250,000$300,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$190,000$200,000$250,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$145,000$175,000$225,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$155,000$175,000$225,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F Code Mel Blanc Collection Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1957 Ford Thunderbird F TypeF7FH3420562015 Motostalgia Auction Austin Grandprix 2015 $185,000$235,000
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2015 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$127,500  
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD PHASE ONE D/F SUPERCHARGEDD7FH2021832015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 2014 Mecum : Seattle$130,000  
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-CODE CONVERTIBLE 2014 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale$155,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Bird 312/300 HP, 1 of 3 in this Color Combo 2013 Mecum Auction Chicago$140,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase I D/F 312/300 HP, 3-Speed 2012 Mecum Dallas, TX$210,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code 312/300 HP, Minter RestorationF7FH3390262012 Mecum Monterey, CA$120,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F Code 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$135,000  
1957 Ford Thunderbird F7FH Supercharged Convertible 2011 Leake Auction Dallas, Texas$160,000  
1957 Ford F Code Thunderbird ConvertibleF7FH3400422011 Worldwide Auctions The Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal   
1957 Ford Thunderbird F Convertible 2009 Mecum Monterey Auction$82,500  
1957 Ford Thunderbird Model F 2006 Worldwide Group Auction at Hilton Head Island $140,000$160,000

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