Robb Design Portfolio: Baby Bluebird

  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
    Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
    Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com

1957 Ford Thunderbird
Marketed by Ford as a "personal car," the two-seat Thunderbird arrived at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show as a challenge to Chevrolet’s year-old sports car, the Corvette, offering a 292 cu in V-8 that one-upped the ’Vette’s anemic straight-6 Blue Flame. The first-generation T-Bird—model years 1955 through 1957—evolved by its final year to sport portholes, more prominent tailfins, and a larger, 312 cu in engine. A few examples received Paxton superchargers that increased horsepower to 300 and prompted owners to race their cars. But most Baby Birds—as collectors call the smaller, early models—performed only boulevard-cruising duty. For 1958, Ford’s Robert McNamara ordered a redesign that added backseats. The change improved sales, but not aesthetics. Thus the early Birds remain the most desirable Ford collectibles of the 1950s. And perhaps no car better expresses the optimism of the Eisenhower era than the ’57 Thunderbird in period pastels.

From Around the Web...
The division’s projects include the frist example of the rarest Lamborghini Miura, the P400 SV…
Able to cover zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, the car will enter the fray at Formula E on October 9…
We put the new wagon and sedan through their paces on Mercedes-Benz’s home turf…
The model is Ferrari’s first four-seater to feature a V-8 engine…
These cars were game-changers and pioneers in the luxury segment…
Photo by Cordero Studios/corderostudios.com
In this video, the Beverly Hills car collector takes us inside his incredible vintage car...
From diamond detailing to hand-painted silk, these cars reveal the real mastery of the marque…
The performance package includes carbon-fiber components and an engine upgrade to 612 hp…
There is nothing mellow about these performance cars, for which a bold yellow paintjob is befitting…
The shapes of these cars are instantly recognizable and shining examples of automotive design…