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July 15, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

’57 Ford Thunderbird Claims Top Auction Spot

The Ford Thunderbird is in a way a forgotten classic. Sure, the brand attempted to revive the name in the modern-era and you hear T-Birds referenced when you catch a Grease rerun on TMC, but the classic hasn’t found its way into the present the same way that Mustangs and Chargers and Challengers have. However, if this 1957 is any indication the market might be welcoming the classic back with open arms.

Crossing the block this past weekend at Mecum’s Denver auction this T-Bird snagged the top spot with a sale price of $181,500. Interestingly enough, the car beat out both modern options and concours level restorations bridging those two worlds as a restomod. Since undergoing a frame-off build process this T-Bird has seen just 500 miles on its way to numerous awards. It stayed in the family with a Ford engine, but the modern 5.0-liter Coyote is putting out 412hp paired to a six-speed automatic. Other modern touches include custom dash, leather interior and Budnik wheels all popping off against the black exterior and black Haartz top.

A true beauty there’s no telling what’s next for this classic turned modern, but we wouldn’t hate seeing it making some passes in the Los Angeles River.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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