Early Bird Values
The officers and members of Puget Sound Early Birds thank the editors of Cars and Parts Magazine for providing information on the values of the 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
According to several surveys, the 1957 Thunderbird is the most sought after Thunderbird primarily because the 'glitches' of the 1955 and 1956 Thunderbird had been ironed out. The '55 was designed for the "Country Club Set", but it only had room for one set of golf clubs, so the spare tire was moved to outside of the trunk in '56, but that unbalanced the car, so Ford added weight to the front. In addition, the driver and passenger in the '55 were very warm due to lack of good ventilation, so the opening side vents were added on the '56. The wind buffeting on the '55 was solved by adding 'wind wings' to the '56. And, for safety the '56 received sun visors and a port hole in the roof.
The 1957 was longer; had more trunk room, had a 12 volt system, wind wings, side vents, and had significantly more power because it offered four (4) engine choices, a 292 with a 2bbl; 312 with 4bbl, a 312 with 2-4bbls, and a supercharged 312, respectively known as the "C", "D", "E", and "F" codes because of the serial number prefix.