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...
Richard Petty
The titan of the track discusses why he won, where he competes now, and how he defines luxury…
Robb Report's Car of the Year contest ended in a tie between the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
The results mark a first in the annual event’s history and bode well for the industry…
Robb Report Car of the Year 2017
During Robb Report’s annual competition to determine which sport or luxury car best deserves to be...
More than 150 Robb Report readers convened in Napa Valley to judge 13 extraordinary automobiles…
Watch video profiles of each of the Car of the Year 2017 contenders...
The Giulia Quadrifoglio, the high-performance variant of Alfa Romeo’s new sedan, went on sale in December with a starting price of $72,000.
The top-of-the-line sedan is powered by a biturbo V-6 that churns out more than 500 hp…
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3
Next year, the model comes with a new engine, a revised chassis, and plenty of performance…
The 2017 Ruf CTR at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show.
With 700 hp and a top speed of 223 mph, this two-door tears it up…
If the DB11 were less of a looker, it might earn more attention for being the Best-performing, best-handling Aston Martin yet
The company’s first all-new car in 13 years was worth the wait…
The Lexus LC 500 will arrive at U.S. dealerships this spring sporting a bold new look for the brand…