Ford Thunderbird, 1957 MY

The Ford Thunderbird is a 2 door convertible/cabriolet-bodied motor vehicle with a front positioned engine driving through the rear wheels. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 5.1 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, a 90 degree V 8 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 245 bhp (248 PS/183 kW) of power at 4500 rpm, and maximum torque of 450 N·m (332 lb·ft/45.9 kgm) at 3200 rpm. This power is transferred to the wheels through a 3 speed automatic gearbox. Quoted weight at the kerb is 1530 kg.

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Ford Thunderbird, 1957 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4608 mm
How heavy?
1530 kg
What size engine?
5.1 litre, 5116 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
248 PS / 245 bhp / 183 kW @ 4500 rpm
How much torque?
450 Nm / 332 ft.lb / 45.9 kgm @ 3200 rpm

Ford Thunderbird models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 5116 cm3 274 PS 270 bhp 201 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 5116 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 5116 cm3 274 PS 270 bhp 201 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4785 cm3 215 PS 212 bhp 158 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 5116 cm3 274 PS 270 bhp 201 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 5116 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 5116 cm3 228 PS 225 bhp 168 kW 1575 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4785 cm3 205 PS 202 bhp 151 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 5116 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4785 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW 1425 kg
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 4785 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4785 cm3 201 PS 198 bhp 148 kW 1425 kg

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2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 4639 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4639 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
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2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4639 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW 1397 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4639 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW 1376 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4639 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW 1302 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4639 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW 1294 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4639 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4639 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4639 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4639 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW 1335 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4639 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW 1343 kg
1957 Ford Thunderbird data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2591 mm 102 inches
Track/tread (front) 1422 mm 56 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1422 mm 56 inches
Length 4608 mm 181.4 inches
Width 1811 mm 71.3 inches
Height 1311 mm 51.6 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.78
Kerb weight 1530 kg 3373 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 75.8 litres 16.7 UK Gal 20 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 5.1 litre
5116 cc
(312.197 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 96.52 × 87.4 mm
3.8 × 3.44 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.1
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 248 PS (245 bhp) (183 kW)
at 4500 rpm
Specific output 47.9 bhp/litre
0.78 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 450 Nm (332 ft·lb) (45.9 kgm)
at 3200 rpm
Specific torque 87.96 Nm/litre
1.06 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.7:1
Fuel system 1 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1105.3 kPa (160.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 639.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 162.36 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
119.41 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
160.13 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.37 kg/kW
13.99 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 5 x 14
Wheel size rear 5 x 14
Tyres front 7.50 x 14
Tyres rear 7.50 x 14
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area 1135 cm2
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.10
general
Carfolio.com ID272140
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 46.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1957 Ford Thunderbird added 2012-05-24.
Last modified 2013-02-28.