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1957 Ford Thunderbird

Convertible
Mecum Tulsa 2022
Thursday, 9 June - Saturday, 11 June
$79,200
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
11 June 2022
Sold Date
S37
Lot Number
#3+
Older Restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. D7FH394307. 312/245hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, porthole hardtop.

Evaluation: Once owned by country singer Conway Twitty. Represented as a body-off restoration, but the paint, chrome, interior and engine all look decades old. It’s a clean enough T-Bird with celebrity history that will probably mean as much here in Tulsa as anywhere.

Bottom Line: He may have had number one hits on the country charts, but Conway Twitty wasn’t well-known as a car guy and it isn’t clear how long he owned this T-Bird or how much he drove it. How much of the Twitty connection was erased during restoration isn’t clear, either, but the bidders nevertheless saw the car, said “Hello Darlin,” and put up a healthy premium for the Conway connection. This kind of price for a 312/245hp T-Bird in this condition is nearly show car money.

by Andrew Newton
18 June 2022

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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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