It's episode 4 of Hagerty Classic Car TV! This week, news from Fall Auburn Auctions, the sights and sounds of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca and a ride along in a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. Plus, host Matt Richmond admires a very tiny car. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com
Derek Hill | 1963 Studebaker Avanti: HCCTV
This week on HCCTV: Phil Hill is best known for Grand Prix racing, but he
was also a car guy through and through. We chat with his son, Derek, about
his other love -- restoration. In addition, we take you for a cruise in a
1963 Studebaker Avanti. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com
CLASSIC AMERICAN CAR 56 57 CHEVY 59 THUNDERBIRD CONVOY
We are in our white 1961 Chrysler New Yorker, driving home along the A127
in Essex, England. We were in convoy with our 6 classic American cars,
returning from the Navestock classic , American and Hotrod car show near
Brentwood in Essex. filmed by Ruthie from inside our own car on 9th
August 2009. We passed Frank and Pat in their 59 Chevy Impala, Steve and
Tracy in their 56 Chevy, Reg in his red 59 Thunderbird, Ken in his 57 Chevy
Nomad and Ken in a 74 Chevy Nova. All cars and owners live locally in
Ford Thunderbird Old and New
Here is part of the 1956 Ford Thunderbird commercial and the 2002 Ford
Thunderbird commercial. This was put together by www.lovefords.org Also
shown are 1957 Thunderbirds, 1957 Fords, and 1958 Thunderbird.
1957 Ford Thunderbird "Hardtop, Soft Top,Tonneau Cover"
Beautiful 57 Bird, Recently Painted with New Top & Interior
Exterior: Colonial White
Soft Top: Black
Removable Factory Hard Top: Black
Tonneau Cover: Red (matches interior)
Serial Number: D7FH267856
This stunning 57 Thunderbird has it's original 312 Thunderbird V-8 engine
which was rebuilt by it's former owner who owned the car for the past 35
The car has new interior, carpeting, soft-top, trunk liner and interior
carpeting & dash. It was recently repainted.
The "Baby" Thunderbird Sports Car was introduced in 1955 and was produced
1955-1957. It was an instant sensation and today, more than 50 years later
is considered to be 1 of the top 20 all time collectable American
automobiles built in the 20th Century.
The classic movie, American Graffiti, is remembered for the beautiful white
1957 Thunderbird that was driven in the movie by Suzanne Sommers.
Here is some history of the 1955-1957 Thunderbird:
The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to
Chevrolet's new sports car, the Corvette which was publicly unveiled in
prototype form just a month before.
Under rapid development, the Thunderbird went from idea to prototype in
about a year, being unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on
February 20, 1954.
Like the Corvette, the Thunderbird had a two-seat coupe/convertible layout.
Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954 on September 9 with
the car beginning sales as a 1955 model on October 22, 1954.
Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time,
such as single, circular headlamps and tail lamps and modest tailfins, the
Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, and had features like a
faux hood scoop and a 150 mph (240 km/h) speedometer hinting a higher
performance nature that other Fords didn't possess.
Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other
mainstream Fords. The Thunderbird's 102.0 inches (2,591 mm) wheelbase frame
was mostly a shortened version of that used in other Fords while the car's
standard 292 cu in (4.8 L) V8 came from Ford's Mercury division.
Though inspired by, and positioned directly against, the Corvette, Ford
billed the Thunderbird as a personal luxury car, putting a greater emphasis
on the car's comfort and convenience features rather than its inherent
Designations aside, the Thunderbird sold exceptionally well in its first
year. In fact, the Thunderbird outsold the Corvette by more than 23-to-one
for 1955 with 16,155 Thunderbirds sold against 700 Corvettes.
With the Thunderbird considered a success, few changes were made to the car
for 1956. The most notable change was moving the spare tire to a
continental-style rear bumper in order to make more storage room in the
trunk. However, the addition of the weight at the rear caused steering
The spare was moved back to the trunk in 1957 when the trunk was restyled
and made slightly larger. Among the few other changes were new paint
colors, the addition of circular porthole windows in the fiberglass roof to
improve rearward visibility, and a 312 cu in (5.1 L) Y-Block V8 making 215
kW) when mated to a 3-speed manual transmission or 225 horsepower (168 kW) when
mated to a Ford-O-Matic 2-speed automatic transmission; this transmission
featured a "low gear", which was accessible only via the gear selector.
When in "Drive", it was a 2-speed automatic transmission (similar to
The Thunderbird was revised for 1957 with a reshaped front bumper, a larger
grille and tailfins, and larger tail lamps. The 312 cu in (5.1 L) V8 became
the Thunderbird's standard engine, and now produced 245 horsepower (183 kW). horsepower (220 kW). Ford
was pleased to see sales of the Thunderbird rise to a record-breaking
21,380 units for 1957.
The 1957 Thunderbird was the last 2 seater car Ford produced for almost 30
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Some cars are simply universal in their appeal. No matter if you're a Ford
guy, a Mopar guy or a Chevy guy, there are some cars that transcend
barriers. I'd argue that the 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird is such a car. Great
looks and instantly recognizable, it all adds up to a beautiful car that
everyone sees as something special.
Some T-Birds are more special than others, however, and Ill argue that this
'55 is one of the nicest we've seen lately. The recipient of a 3 year,
body-off restoration that cost somewhere near $85,000, this car is in
outstanding condition from top to bottom. The mirror finish black paint is
absolutely beautiful, applied over those classic T-Bird curves. Whenever I
think of an early 'Bird, I always picture this color combination. All of
the chrome and trim is perfect, the bumpers have been re-chromed. The body
is straight, solid and rust free. The panel gaps are awesome and the door,
hood and trunk lips are clean. This car looks even better in person than it
does in photos. The doors open and close with precision, the
forward-tilting hood fits extremely well, and the trunk lid, including the
pass-through for the fuel filler, fits well. The paint has obviously been
cut and buffed, because the gloss is fantastic.
Under the hood you'll find a nicely detailed 292cubic inch motor and the
3-speed manual transmission. Up front there's a 3-blade fan which looks
awesome. The Thunderbird valve covers are a beautiful addition. The Exhaust manifolds have been coated to keep
them looking "like-new" forever. A new heater box and duct work, new
wiring and a new master cylinder were updated during the restoration. This
'Bird also received a fresh alignment. You will find a battery shut off
switch under the dash as well.
Underneath, you'll find that the entire frame has been treated to a black
paint job before the body was reinstalled. The floors are as glossy as the
body panels and it creates an awesome background for the details that are
found throughout. The springs and shocks have been rebuilt, and the
stainless steel Exhaust system is
beautiful. The rear end housing has a paint job that is worthy of the hood!
The gas tank has been refinished, and the brake lines as well as the
parking brake cable are new. The steering gear is painted, the bushings are
new and there are new motor mounts front and back. The back sides of the
fenders are beautiful as well, showing no filler, no bumps and no bruises.
The interior is a real treat. As I said, whenever I think of a '55-57
T-Bird, I always envision a black one with a black and white interior. The
power seat has been as beautifully restored as the exterior, and are
all-day driving comfortable. The instruments have been fully restored and
look gorgeous in that jet-age instrument panel that is framed by
engine-turned metal appliqués that run from end to end. The dash pad and
carpets are also new. There is an aftermarket stereo installed in the dash.
The original Town & Country AM radio is in working condition, and will go
with the car to the new owner. Overhead, the black top fits extremely well.
This T'Bird comes with a tunneau cover and an unfinished hardtop (all
components required to finish it are available). The trunk features a new
mat and a matching wide whitewall tire.
Many T-Bird enthusiasts think that 1955 is the best-looking of all the
early 'Birds, with no external spare tire like in 1956, and no extended
trunk and mini tailfins like the '57. Instead, the purity of the original
design that wowed crowds at car shows remained pretty much intact. Restored
to spectacular condition inside and out, this particular '55 T-Bird is on
that you can drive and enjoy, or trailer to a show and bring home trophies;
it all depends on your mood. This is a car where you're getting an awful
lot of restoration for not a lot of money, all surrounding a gorgeous,
highly-collectable car that will always have an eager crowd of admirers
around it. Like I said earlier, there's almost nobody who doesn't think an
early Thunderbird is a great car. If you've longed to put one in your
collection, I submit this as an excellent candidate. Call now! 7 days a
Practical Classics Magazine: Triumph Spitfire group test
Practical Classics Magazine. Journalist John Simister road tests a group
of five very different classic Triumph Spitfires at a soaking wet
Bruntingthorpe proving ground in the UK.
Models include a standard Mk1 Spitfire, a car fitted with a Renault engine
taken from an old Renault 5 GT turbo, a
Macao racer replica and a Le-Mans spec Spitfire.
Featured in the July 2011 issue of Practical Classics Magazine.
Filmed in high definition on the Panasonic AG-AF101. Produced and edited
Super Sleeper 1972 Nova - /BIG MUSCLE
Wanna race? If so you may want to reconsider. You see this is Dru Diesner's
1972 Chevrolet Nova and it's anything but stock. From a looks perspective
it's nothing special, in fact most people wouldn't put up $500 for this
thing. Look a little deeper though and OH MOMMA! You see under its faded
green paint lurks a twin supercharged LS2 that makes 1,160 hp... at the
rear wheels. It epitomizes the term "sleeper", and is lethal to just about
every other road going vehicle it comes in contact with. Big Muscle
recently visited Northern Chicago to get a sample of this beast, and holy
crap was it one of the best automotive experiences we've ever had.
Classic Mini - Review 2013
Here is a brand new video reviewing one of the most legendary cars in
british history, the Classic Mini! Filmed around the West Midlands and
Staffordshire, the video summarises the cars performance and we bring it
back to it's roots as well as it's hometown, Birmingham!
Hope you enjoy the video and any feedback would be appreciated!
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With thanks to Craig Ludgate and Calum Wilkes.
This is a non-profit making production, purely a personal project.
I DO NOT HOLD ANY OF THE RIGHTS TO FOOTAGE OF THE ISETTA BUBBLE CAR, JOHN
COOPER OR OLD FOOTAGE OF THE MINI USED IN THIS VIDEO.
Learning to drive a manual in a 1930 Model A
Jonathan Klinger has been using a 1930 Ford Model A as his daily driver for
nearly a year. As in, every day. Even in the snow. Ben has never driven a
car with a manual transmission. Watch as Jonathan teaches Ben to shift
gears on a 81-year-old three-speed manual transmission.
Visit http://www.365daysofa.com to learn more about Jonathan's 1930 Model
A. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com
1956 Ford TV Ad: Thunderbird
1956 Ford TV ad.
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