The larger D-code 312 cubic-inch V8 was a nice option in ’57. Items like the new radiator, ignition system, blower motor, and power steering unit all tell you this received the right maintenance over the years. But when it comes time to park this T-bird and show it off, you’ll be glad it has the factory dress-up kit with finned valve covers and the pie dish chrome air cleaner. The drive home will be just as exciting. The V8 inhales deeply through a Holley four-barrel carburetor and exhales with authority through a newer stainless steel dual exhaust system. While you can get some serious power out of the V8, especially with the control of the three-speed manual transmission, this easily settles into the nice and comfortable ride provided by Ford’s personal luxury convertible.

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