1957 Ford LTS9000
245 bhp, 312 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, two-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission, independent wishbone front suspension, live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in. As with so many great cars, the original two-seater Thunderbird reached its apex in the final year of production, 1957. A mild facelift up front and stylish rear fins with sharp, creased edges added greatly to the car's appearance, as did a new instrument panel with safety-oriented “Lifeguard Design,” including a padded dashboard and a dished steering wheel. Six engine options were offered, along with a host of power refinements and wide whitewall tires. An added leaf to the rear springs, 14-inch wheels, and larger front brakes were among numerous engineering changes.