Our 1957 Colonial White Thunderbird, affectionately known as Mr. T, rolled off the assembly line on July 23, 1957. It had a white top and a red interior. It was shipped to a Laguna Beach, California, dealership, so it is truly a California car.
When we acquired the car in June 1999, it was still Colonial White, but it had a black and white interior. We have replaced the interior with a red interior, and we have had most of the parts re-chromed.
The original owners of the car, a banker and his wife from Pasadena, California, kept very good records on the car. They even documented the fender-bender they had in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf when they took the car on vacation.
The car, since we have had it, has been to CTCI Regionals in Reno, Nevada, and Portland, Oregon. It has been in many other local shows and concourses as well.
We enjoy driving the car, and others on the road appreciate seeing it around as well!
Our 1957 Gunmetal Gray Thunderbird, affectionately known as Mr. Z, rolled off the assembly line on March 11, 1957. It originally was a black car with a black and white interior. It was shipped to a Mobile, Alabama dealership. It has obviously been in California a long time as it has California “black plates” which came out in 1963.
When we acquired the car in June 2003, it had a Gunmetal Gray body with a light gray top, and it had a black interior. The car has 1962/63 original Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. We have replaced the interior with a red interior, and we are in the process of detailing the engine and rechroming some of the parts.
We don’t know much of the history of the car, but we have had the pleasure of meeting the former owner who doesn’t live far from us. We were able to buy his car when he bought a fully restored 57 in concours condition.
The car is a real head-turner, and once we get the chrome done and have it repainted, it will look real good up close too!
Jamie Thigpen & Keith Zimmerman