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CRUISING THROUGH TIME: See This 1957 Ford Thunderbird from the Amos and Justin Minter Collection in Scottsdale

Written by Nicole Ellan James

LOT #1070 – 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

The initial concept for the Ford Thunderbird was to create a two-seater sports car that would appeal to a wider market and offer a more luxurious alternative to the smaller, more performance-oriented sports cars of the time, such as the Chevrolet Corvette.

Unlike the Corvette, the first-generation Thunderbird, which spanned from 1955 through 1957, was not marketed as a pure sports car but rather as a “personal luxury car” that combined performance with comfort and style. It featured a distinctive design with a long hood, a short rear deck and a removable fiberglass top. It had a sleek and elegant appearance with a prominent grille, and the circular porthole windows on the removable hardtop became a signature design element.

Although the Thunderbird went through numerous changes in subsequent years, evolving into various generations with different body styles and design philosophies, the first-generation Thunderbirds are highly sought after by collectors and automotive enthusiasts, appreciated for their classic styling and historical significance.

Established over 50 years ago, Amos and Justin Minter’s Thunderbirds 55-57 restoration shop, based in Dallas, Texas, has become one of the world’s most skilled and respected specialty restoration establishments, specializing in – you guessed it – first-generation Thunderbirds. Minter-restored Thunderbirds are known for their quality and attention to detail that makes them high-scoring show cars on many concours fields.

Bidders at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction will have the opportunity to take home a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that was the recipient of a professional Minter body-off restoration. The vehicle will be offered with No Reserve during the January 20-28 event at WestWorld.

The available Thunderbird comes equipped with a rebuilt 312/245hp V8 engine, matched with a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. Its underbody has undergone refinishing, showcasing the authentic 1957 Willow Green hue complemented by a glossy black frame and suspension.

This particular Thunderbird stands out due to its inclusion of all the power accessoriesavailable in 1957. It boasts features such as Ford Master Guide power steering, Swift Sure power brakes, power windows, Town & Country signal-seeking radio, an accessory backup lights system and the engine dress-up option. This ensemble of advanced amenities reflects the premium and sophisticated specifications characteristic of the 1957 model year.

This T-Bird is also outfitted with brand-new, high-quality Thunderbird wire wheels and Diamond Back smoothie radials, enhancing both aesthetics and performance. The package includes a tan canvas replacement convertible top, providing versatile styling options, along with a Willow Green porthole hardtop. This exceptional offering is part of the esteemed Amos & Justin Minter Thunderbird Collection.

The 1957 Ford Thunderbird presented at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy of the first-generation Thunderbirds. The restoration expertise of Amos and Justin Minter is exemplified in this meticulously restored vehicle that has made the Thunderbird a cherished icon on the concours fields for over half a century. Register to bid today for a chance to make it yours!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: CRUISING THROUGH TIME: See This 1957 Ford Thunderbird from the Amos and Justin Minter Collection in Scottsdale
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2024 02:39:04 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
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Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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