The 1957 Ford Thunderbird represented a tipping point in the era of American Muscle. The V8 engine had already become the powerplant of choice from America’s top manufacturers, but the ’57 Thunderbird was a breakthrough. The F-Series Thunderbird was the first of its era to offer a supercharged V8, an engine with a power boost that blew the ceiling off of V8 potential. Supercharging wasn’t a new technology, but a supercharged V8 was instantly the most desirable engine between four wheels. With that supercharger, the 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F-Bird” put “bigger, faster, stronger” on the map, sparking an engine arms race that continued into the 1970s.
This Ford Thunderbird, named “F-Code” after a faithful restoration to factory condition, is about to go under the gavel. It is amongst the jewels of the collection of Sam Pack, a Dallas-based collector who is auctioning his entire collection in November 2014. The F-Code Thunderbird is immaculately restored, appearing as it did in 1957 when it rolled out of the factory floor in Detroit, Michigan. Its exterior is raven black in color, and the white walls and chrome spokes recall the original design by Ford.
This 1957 Ford Thunderbird is as elegant as it is powerful. It sports a two-seat open cockpit for fair weather cruising, and its interior is as speckless as the condition of the body. Under the hood, the engine is carefully maintained, producing the 300-horsepower response that it was celebrated for in ’57.
Here on TheCoolist, it’s our aim to study recent advancements and trends in design and culture, but with plenty of reverence for “historic cool”. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F-Code” is a prime example of classic cool, and a trend-leader in its own right for driving the muscle car explosion of the 1960s.View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery
Who wouldn’t dream of driving this beautiful car – with the power under the hood, the top down, and the wind blowing in your hair! Just beautiful!!
Sam Pack’s Ford collection is legendary, and not easy to see. That’s an amazing example of “cool”
It’s a lovely car, but this statement is not even close to accurate “If you could point back to a single vehicle that ignited the muscle car craze of the 60s and 70s, it might be the 1957 Ford Thunderbird”. Perhaps a brief conversation with a couple of ‘Muscle Car” enthusiasts, or even reading up on the history of Detroit Iron would have been appropriate
Pointing to a single vehicle is a tough enterprise, and there are plenty of answers depending on the source. Since this was the first production V8 with a supercharger in that era, I think suggesting that it “might” have been the tipping point vehicle is a fair characterization. I’ll clean up the language a bit though.