1957 Ford Thunderbird
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Generation I – 1955-1957 years
It was a small, 2-seat convertible, equipped in the base of a roof made of fiberglass, and the mesh top was available as an option. He was an all-metal body, designed on X-shaped base frame. As the motor was offered 193-horsepower V-8, with a volume of 4.2 liters. Moreover, the car stood a small amount of chrome parts.
The motor was located behind the front axle, which allowed to optimize the weight distribution. In a couple of his proposed 2 transmission – manual and automatic with 3 gears in each.
The sporty Ford Thunderbird was a little as the powerful engine and good dynamics combined with more weight, pretty soft suspension and a spacious interior. That’s why he was positioned as a Personal Car.
In addition, the Ford Thunderbird was the most expensive of all cars of the company – the price is started from 2 944 $. Equipment he is very rich – adjustable in 2 planes of the wheel, side Windows electrically operated, one-piece sofas etc.
This ensured commercial success – 16 155 cars were sold in 1955.
In 1956-57 the changed front bumper, and adjusted some other aspects of the dashboard, wheels, etc. In 1956 he set up a 5.1-liter engine with a capacity of 215-225 HP fans of the brand called this generation “Classic Birds”.
Technical characteristics of Ford Thunderbird
Body type 2‑DV. convertible
Layout front-engined rear-wheel drive
Long 4453-4704 mm
Width 1786 mm
Wheelbase 2591 mm
Engine Y-block V8 292 cu in (4.8 l) Y-block V8 312 cu in (5.1 l)
Transmission 3-senior mechanical