BaT Turn-Away: 1957 Ford T-Bird – Sold For $7,500!

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November 2, 2021 Update – We helped the Seller and the high bidder work together to get this stalled ’57 Thunderbird project a new home and back on its way to getting it restored to its former glory. We were proud to take on this Bring A Trailer turn-away because sometimes the right thing to do isn’t the easiest.

October 20, 2021 UpdateThe high bid of $6,750 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $16,000, so we’ve moved this 1957 Ford Thunderbird to our “Rides Still Available” page. Click the blue “Buy Now or “Make an Offer” button below to navigate to the bid page where you can select the “Buy Now” option or make enter a counter bid.

October 2, 2021 Update – Based on our recommendations, the seller of this ’57 T-Bird mounted the body back onto the frame to make it easier for buyers to get this project back to their garage.  Consequently, we’ve decided to run a second-chance auction on this ride! Bidding opened on Wednesday, October 6, 2020, and runs through Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

September 15 Update: The high bid of $5,500 did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this 1957 Thunderbird project to our “Rides Still Available” Page.

September 7, 2021 Update – Based upon feedback received from several potential bidders, we just added forty additional pictures showing all of the parts that come with this Thunderbird project. We’ve also extended the auction one week to ensure everyone has a chance to see the additional pictures.

Remember when you actually needed to bring a trailer when you bought a classic on BaT? Yeah, so do we. That’s why we couldn’t say, “No!” to offering this stalled 1957 Ford Thunderbird project after the seller was turned away by Bring A Trailer.

This Baby Bird project currently resides in West Alexandria, Ohio, just west of Dayton.

The seller of this 1957 Ford Thunderbird bought the car from a dealer in 1959 while serving in the USAF in Texas. At dome point during the 1960s, he replaced the original 312 V8 engine in a Ford 292 cubic inch mill. He continued to drive it, adding over one hundred thousand miles before placing his Baby Bird long-term storage with the hope of one day restoring. Some twenty years later, that opportunity came when the seller retired and moved to a country property with the space needed for restoration in 1988.  The seller began a frame-off restoration by completely disassembling the car, cleaning and repainting all of the parts. During that time he sourced and then rebuilt the correct 312 cubic inch V8. The transmission has also been rebuilt. All body panels are original except front fenders (OEM new). All chrome parts have been re-chromed. All other parts on site.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here. Understanding that his Thunderbird is a disassembled project car, he has agreed to a reasonable reserve price that is well below this guide as well as the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool and the Collector Car Marketplace Place estimates.

If you have any questions about this 1957 Ford Thunderbird project car, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

  1. Joseph Riley

    what is the status of the title

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Joseph, the seller’s son confirmed his father has a clean title for the car dating back to 1959 when he first purchased this T-Bird as his daily driver while still the the military.

    • charles dieter

      Hello , does it have the seat and a soft top ? Thank you .

      • Donald E. Brown

        It has both tops It has all of the parts to put it back togeather

  2. matthew b works

    I am a right now. Can you tell me more about the remainder of other parts, interior ,chrome lights , ect.
    also is there any one to put the body on the frame to transport? Thanks, Matt

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Matt,

      To confirm, there is no one at the property who can help facilitate that. The buyer will need to coordinate their own help if they want to mount the body to the frame before moving the car. According to the seller’s son, all of the chrome parts have been replated at some point. Our understanding is that is a complete car with many new parts included with the sale.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the reply, that answers that and still interested. Matt


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