1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

In total, 21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957. The most rare and desirable of these are affectionately referred to as F-birds. This is one of only 212 examples fitted with the supercharged F-code 312/300-hp V8 engine. It also has a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. The F-code engine elevated the performance of a standard Thunderbird from a reasonably quick cruiser to a dedicated quarter-mile contender.

This 1957 F-bird was fastidiously restored to be competitive on the concours field. Accordingly, the F-bird achieved an enviable show record-winning First Place Gold at every Classic Thunderbird Club International event it entered. In preparation for the AACA show circuit, the restoration of this Thunderbird was freshened up and has since done phenomenally well, earning an impressive collection of awards that continues to grow. The majority of the F-code cars were white, with black being the second most popular color, making this Flame Red example unusual.