|The 1957 Thunderbird: best-looking 'Bird of them all, and one of the best-looking cars of the 1950's.|
A mildly "resto-modded" '57 Thunderbird crossed the block at a Mecum auction. It looked original at first glance (or even second), but had a Boss 302 under the hood. I thought it was a clever idea. The old "Y-block" V-8 from the '50's was a boat anchor.
Here's a better one: a "pro-touring" '57 'Bird. With the modern aluminum 4-cam under the hood and its companion Tremec right behind. Big disc brakes, lowered suspension with upgrades including a Watts-link rear axle or XK-E i.r.s. A performance-oriented interior. If you're gonna update/upgrade a '57 Bird, turn it up to 11. And it might be one of one. Pro-touring Chevelles, Camaros, and Mustangs are fairly common, but I've never seen an early Bird restored that way.
|This owner has the right idea, but the shape of the rear wheel arches needs to echo the fronts, and it needs real|
performance-oriented wheels and tires.