1957 Ford Thunderbird

Posted in 1950s, Ford, Thunderbird by Richard

Thunderbird is more like a sporty cruise than a sports car. It was produced to compete against Chevrolet’s Corvette, and it did really well. It is a sports car with great comfort. The manufacturer started producing it in 1955. They kept improving the designs and performance of the car. It is believed that the best looking Thunderbirds were produced from 1955 to 1957.

The redesigns of 1957 included bumper and bigger grille. The tailfins were made pointer and taillights were bigger. Also, the spare tire was kept inside the trunk in the new design of 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The base engine was 292, capable of producing about 200 horsepower. And, the top of the line was 312 cubic-inch engines, capable of producing 340 horsepower. Also, F-code non-NASCAR and E-code 312 engine were added. Both them were very popular. F-code could produce 300 horsepower and E-code could produce 270 horsepower. The sales were 21,300 pieces. Amazingly, 1957 Ford Thunderbird had three months extra as 1958 models were not ready for sale. 1957 Ford Thunderbird was the last two-seater Ford. Since 1958, Thunderbirds are built in four-seater system, though two-seater 1957 Ford Thunderbird was better looking according to many sports car lovers.

Specifications: Thunderbird was produced from 1955 to 1957. The price of this car is 3,406 dollars, and it weighs 3,132 lbs or 1,420.651 kg. You will be amazed to know that the total production of this car is 1,67,6449 pieces. So, it is very easy to understand that Thunderbird is a very popular model.

Sales: Average sale value of 1957 Ford Thunderbird is 51,207 dollars, lowest is 2,500 dollars, and the highest is 220,000 dollars. The data is derived from 554 auctions. It is also obvious that since 2004, the sales have been really good and stable. 2006 was the best year for 1957 Ford Thunderbird in terms of sales.


1953 Cadillac Series 60

Posted in 1950s, Cadillac, Classic Cars, Series 60 by Richard

Cadillac series 60 was a very special model. Out of all Cadillac models, 1953 Cadillac Series 60 was the most successful one. In fact, it had record-breaking sales. The story of Cadillac car started in 1936. Originally, it was a mid-sized car which received a lot of attention from everyone. Nicholas Dreystadt was the creator of this iconic model. 1953 Cadillac Series 60 used Monobloc V8 engine which could supply 125 horsepower.

Initially, Sixty Special name was booked for low end cars, but finally, the most luxurious cars got this Sixty Special name. Sixty Special models were really special. From 1938 to 1941, was the first part of Sixty Special car. Then, in 1942, the car received major redesigns. The interior was made very nice. Initially, only two models were available Standard sedan and imperial sedan, but they had really good sales.

1947: Because of the World War, the production stopped. In 1947, it did not have a lot of changes as everything was made for 1948 model. “sombrero” wheel covers were made for the 1947 model.

1948: This year Sixty Special experienced major redesigns. Electric window lifts and two-way power bench seat were added. Also, side-scoops and tail-fins were featured.

1949: This model was very compact to look at. It was lighter, but the engine had rating 10 hp more than the previous one. This car could accommodate six passengers.

1952: This year was the Golden anniversary of Sixty Special model. Minor changes were made; only engine power was increased to 190 horse power.

1953: New 12 volts electrical system was added for the first time, and it could supply 210 horsepower. Also, “Autronic Eye” was added. The car lovers also got five true wire-wheels rims paying 325 dollars extra. 1953 Cadillac Series 60 experienced record-breaking 20,000 sales.

Specifications: The production year of 1953 Cadillac Series 60 ranged from 1951 to 1953. The price was 4,303 dollars with 4335 lbs or 1966.323 kg weight.

Sales: According to two auctions, the average sale value is 49,625 dollars, the lowest is 25,000 dollars, and the highest was 74,250 dollars.


1957 Pontiac Bonneville

Posted in 1950s, Bonneville, Classic Cars, Pontiac by Richard

Convertible Chassis Num P857H25916: 1957 Pontiac Bonneville was sold for 115,000 dollars at RM Auctions. It was introduced in 1957, and believed that it was the fastest Pontiac ever produced which could accelerate up to sixty miles within 8.1 seconds. It won Grand National Championship with its incredible 101.6mph speed. Only 630 pieces were produced, so it was a very model.

Convertible Chassis Num P857H25797: This Pontiac car was expected to sell from125,000 dollars to 175,000 dollars, but finally sold at 165,600 dollars at RM Auctions in 2006. It was white with blue flash which looked really nice.

Convertible: This 1957 Pontiac Bonneville had 347 cubic-inch engine, and was powered by a 317 horsepower engine. It was also produced only 630 pieces and the company set a staggering price of 5,782 dollars.

Convertible Chassis Num P857H24652: It was also a very rare car as only 630 pieces were produced. In 2004, it was brought to sell, but remained unsold, then in 2009, it was sold at 137,500 dollars. The expected price ranged from 150,000 dollars to 180 dollars. The under the hood engine of this 1957 Pontiac Bonneville produced 315 horsepower.

Convertible Chassis Num P857H30450: The expected price of this model was from 80,000 dollars to 100,000 dollars, and was sold at 115, 5000 dollars at RM Auctions in 2009. It was also a very rare model, produced only 630 pieces. It had a 347 cubic-inch engine which could produce 315 horsepower.

Specifications: It was produced from 1954 to 1958. The price is 5,780 dollars. It weighs 4280 lbs or 1941.375 kg.

Sales: According to 26 auctions, the average sale of this Pontiac car is 136,260 dollars, the lowest is 19,800 dollars, and the highest is 242,000 dollars. From 2003, the sales have been very good for 1957 Pontiac Bonneville. Unfortunately, 2004 was not good at all, but 2008 was the best year.