Thursday, April 5, 2012

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Finally acknowledging that the move of the spare tyre to the rear of the car has been a bad idea, Ford transfers it back to the boot this year, but lengthens its car not to lose luggage space. The front end is cleaned up, while discreet fins are added on the rear wings. Engines are more powerful to compensate for the increased weight, but for those who would still find them insufficient, a supercharged V-8 is made optional.

Ford Thunderbird
● Introduction: October 1954. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 4.8-litre, 212 hp, mounted at the front. V-8, 5.1-litre, 245 hp standard with manual with optional overdrive or with automatic gearboxes. Optional engine: supercharged V-8, 5.1-litre, 270 hp. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Three-speed automatic gearbox optional. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Servo optional. Length: 461 cm. Top speed: 170 kph (base V-8) to 200 kph (supercharged V-8). Range: two-door convertible coupe. Note: a removable fibreglass hardtop is provided as standard equipment. Conventional foldable fabric top is optional.

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