1957 - E-Code All Original Value One Owner

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Jan 20, 2018
Thunderbird Year
2002
Hi All, My family is ready to get rid of the 57 bird my father bought new. It's got 20,000 miles and has never been redone. The car is all original and Rose Pink. It’s an E code, 312 with dual carburetor, power windows, power seat, automatic floor shift, telescoping wheel, manual brakes, no A/C. T&C radio, both hard and soft top, power steering, automatic, dual exhaust out the rear bumper. Here's a picture of it as it sits in my mother's garage. We're just trying to get an idea of it's value and how we should go about giving this a new home.
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biddle

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Could go in a big auction too like Mecum. Some E-Codes sell for big money- https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf14/hershey/lots/r218-1957-ford-thunderbird-e-code/182032
 
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Thunderbird Year
1955
Even sitting/w only 20,000 miles, things deteriorate with age. When was it last driven? It probably has fluid leaks and dry-rot rubber components. Rodent damage? I would expect to spend at least $2,000 going through things that need attention, particularly if someone else does the work. Once road-worthy, $75,000 is a realistic number, based on photos and your description.
 

57tbird57

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May 3, 2019
Thunderbird Year
1957
Hi All, My family is ready to get rid of the 57 bird my father bought new. It's got 20,000 miles and has never been redone. The car is all original and Rose Pink. It’s an E code, 312 with dual carburetor, power windows, power seat, automatic floor shift, telescoping wheel, manual brakes, no A/C. T&C radio, both hard and soft top, power steering, automatic, dual exhaust out the rear bumper. Here's a picture of it as it sits in my mother's garage. We're just trying to get an idea of it's value and how we should go about giving this a new home.
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beautiful car. if it functions well and looks as good in person i would think you could get mid 40s to mid 50s out of it
 
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Jan 20, 2018
Thunderbird Year
2002
Thanks for all your replies. It was my father's car, he bought it new and kept it the whole time. He just passed this past Jan and my mother isn't really interested in driving it. We have 8 siblings and it would be a shame to cut it up eight ways :oops: Actually everyone has their own family and don't really want to invest the money to keep it for themselves. The car has been driven minimally over the past five years. It's in a heated garage and has no bubbling or rust that we can see. All seals were done about 5 years ago when my father and brother brought it up to driving shape. I've checked into the consignment angle and plan on speaking with the family this weekend.
 
Joined
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Thunderbird Year
2004
I think the consignment angle is best given that it’sa group of you selling it. The auction can be good but it can also be a little more involved and it’s really better if you really know the market and vehicles better.. consignment as mentioned there can be a bit more help you can get and you can bargain/haggle/take your time deciding a little easier and if you are coordinating 8 yeses that is probably a better route. She’s a beauty no doubt about it.. good luck on the end she’s worth whatever someone is willing to pay..
 
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Thunderbird Year
2003
Oh, wow! I just wanted to come on here to tell you that this is the most perfect car I've ever seen. I'm in love!!
I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you get every dollar it's worth.
 
Joined
Feb 14, 2019
Thunderbird Year
2002
Even sitting/w only 20,000 miles, things deteriorate with age. When was it last driven? It probably has fluid leaks and dry-rot rubber components. Rodent damage? I would expect to spend at least $2,000 going through things that need attention, particularly if someone else does the work. Once road-worthy, $75,000 is a realistic number, based on photos and your description.
I would agree with the above. But to just sell as-is to move on with settling an estate, I would expect to offer you no less than 40K as-is. Perhaps more after a road test.
 
Joined
Apr 4, 2020
Thunderbird Year
1955
A one owner ,two top Ebird with only 20k original miles should bring well above $40k. A completely original unrestored car should bring more then a restored one even of it needs some updating
 
Joined
Dec 25, 2019
Thunderbird Year
1957
Do a search on the Hagerty Web-site to see where E-Codes have sold and do the same search on Bring A Trailer. The car looks nice from a distance and the limited pictures. The car needs to be well photographed and that means it should be on a lift for a part of the photo shoot. As above, the 40K is if you want to "Get Rid Of" quickly, or a more calculated move is to have the car detailed and provide an exact list of the parts and what was done by your brother & Father to get this one back on the road. Then decide if you want to go to an on-line auction or via a broker. BTW, in my world of buying cars, previous ownership is key and a "one owner" car of this vintage is very attractive.

Always tough to lose a loved one. Must say though, your Dad had great taste in a wonderful car.

My car is an E-code with 3 speed and O/D (over-drive).
 
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May 16, 2022
Thunderbird Year
1957
Hi All, My family is ready to get rid of the 57 bird my father bought new. It's got 20,000 miles and has never been redone. The car is all original and Rose Pink. It’s an E code, 312 with dual carburetor, power windows, power seat, automatic floor shift, telescoping wheel, manual brakes, no A/C. T&C radio, both hard and soft top, power steering, automatic, dual exhaust out the rear bumper. Here's a picture of it as it sits in my mother's garage. We're just trying to get an idea of it's value and how we should go about giving this a new home.
View attachment 22127View attachment 22128 I have an interested buyer. Please email me at vernalisaproductions@gmai.com
Buyer is in Atl
 
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