“We purchased our 1957 Thunderbird, which we have named Pearl, in August of 1989 from the 3rd owner out of Riverside, CA. It was restored to its original VIN specs by a fellow in E.Moline, ILL. It was his 17th TBird restoration. We were told that the car was very easy to restore, because he verified that it was never in an accident, was rust free, and had spent its entire life in the dry Riverside, CA. area.
Pearl was built on July 29, 1957 according to the original invoice that we possess, and it was originally delivered to Santa Monica Ford in Santa Monica, CA. It had spent its entire life in the dry Southern California area.
Equipment-wise, It has a 3 speed transmission with overdrive (only about 3% of 1957 models were built with this overdrive variation). Her exterior is Colonial White, and the interior is a 2 tone with Starmist Blue and the darker Dresden Blue colors. It was ordered with 3 tops – a Starmist Blue hardtop, a convertible top, and a tonneau cover.
It has the fender skirts, the original Town & Country radio. Also, it has 3 of the 4 power options offered in 1957: power brakes, power windows, and the rare dial-a-matic memory seat. It has no power steering, because I believe that it was originally purchased for the racing circuit.
Also, it came equipped from the factory with a rare rear deck radio antenna and has the complete chrome engine dress up kit as well. It is truly a pleasure to drive. Original sticker price - $3,258.
Here's a framed watercolor painting of Pearl that a talented friend of mine painted for me in February of 2017. I think that the detail, the colors, and the perspective of the car is beautifully represented.