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Distinctive characteristics for a 1957 T-bird:    Front Fender vents;   tail fins at 45o angle out from body; massive curved bumpers which do NOT include a continental kit or bumper extension; Hardtop may be porthole or non-porthole. 
NOTE: Some models will have the Continental kit added on along with a bumper extension to support kit - this was an after market accessory for the real car- not a stock 57 t-bird item. 
Scale Information:
The proliferation of 57 T-bird models with continental kits derives from the time period of the late 70's when the TV show Vega$ aired and the star of the show drove a red 57 with a continental kit. 
Listings are in alphabetical order by brand or  manufacturer. Listings cover diecasts, plastic molds, sand casts, etc... - any 3-Dimensional 1957 Thunderbird that rolls or appears to roll whether made to be decorative, as a toy, or for the picky collector.  Model Kits are on a separate page but listed here for your info.
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Brand / Country Year Made Photo Name - Model # Scale Description
Shamber's / Spain 80's? Grand Prix Ref. #4096 1/72 Plastic - yellow or green with white chassis; very similar to the models by Plastic Processed Co.- possible knock-off. In set with late 60's Corvette; there may be other colors; set comes with "punch" style starting gate. unmarked on chassis.
Simple Wishes / China 2002 Phat Boyz 1957 Ford T-bird 1"x1.5" Purple with cream porthole top - flattened body - in 2-pak with 1990 mustang; extended bumper for continental kit.
Simple Wishes (Kid-Riffic Toys) / China 2003 Phat Boyz 1957 Ford T-brd Remote 2"x1.5" Plastic; purple with cream top; slightly larger than their release of the 57 at Christmas 2002; Comes with controller; needs one 9V battery for controller and 3 AAA batteries for charger; 2 different box styles available.extended bumper for continental kit
Simple Wishes (PB) / China 2004 #82046 Phat Boys  1957 T-bird 1"x1.5" Lite Teal with cream porthole top - flattened body;  in 5-pak;extended bumper for continental kit
Simple Wishes (PB) / China . Phat Boys Custom Shop 1"x1.5" Plastc; purple with cream top; engine stuck to hood; "Custom Shop" on tires; dished wheels; extended bumper for continental kit
Sterling / U.S.A 50's/60's?
'57 Thunderbird, #601 4"
10cm
1/46
Plastic; red, aqua or white,  molded in 1 piece w/bar axles & wheels snapped on; pencil sharpner attached to underside; black wheels
*Swinging Superiors / China 1989 SS401-2 4.5" Similar to Corgi model except w/matching metal "soft" top; friction motor; some plastic parts;  & white interior; hood opens; continental kit; Colors: Black, Red, fuchsia purple, metallic red, metallic brown, metallic blue; no tampos
*Swinging Superiors / China 1989
SS401-2 4.5" Similar to Corgi model; convertible; friction motor; some plastic parts;  white interior; hood opens; continental kit; Colors: Red, fuchsia purple, metallic red, metallic brown, metallic blue; no tampos
*Swinging Superiors / China circa 1990 SS4302-3 4.5 pink; white interior; black steering wheel; hood and doors open; 55 logos on nose and sides; chassis marked "1956 Thunderbird"; extended cont'l kit with black tire cover and tbird logo molded on it; chrome wheels; 57 tbird fins, grill and bumpers.
*SunnySide Limited / China 1991
SS4901-2 4.5" Similar to Corgi model except w/matching metal "soft" top; friction motor; some plastic parts;  & white interior; hood opens; continental kit; Colors: light blue or light pink w/ '55 emblem tampos; RARE COMBO: blue interior in lt.blue model.
*SunnySide Limited / China 1991
SS4901-2 4.5" Similar to Corgi model; convertible; friction motor; some plastic parts;  white interior; hood opens; continental kit; Colors:  Colors: light blue,  light pink; mint green w/ '55 emblem tampo
*SS 1994 SS  - Classy Chassis 4.5" Similar to Corgi model; white with red interior; topless or black with red interior; continental kit;  sold only thru K-Mart - packaged singlely
*Superior (SS) / CHina 2005 SS - #7736 1/24 Red, Black, blue, yellow, pink or Light Green; white hardtop; white seat with tan seat inserts.  This is the FIRST METAL DIECAST in this size for the 57.
Thomas Toy ? .  see "unknown" below for pictures . blue  or yellow  don't have model to verify - just pictures
Tyco / China 70's Slot Car 1:60 Plastic body on slot car chassis; med. blue w/ white stripes length of top of car; rear wheels larger than front; rear tires white - front tires black; see Mattel slot cars
Tyco / China 1992 Classic Collectors Edition Slot Car HP-7 #9023 1:60 Plastic body on slot car chassis; lt. blue w/white porthole hardtop;  no hood scoop; same size tires & wheels
Tyco - Mattel Hot Wheels 1999-present See Mattel listings
Universal Assoc.. Co.(KIDCO) / Hong Kong 1977 Dream Machine, Replicars of the 50's #103 1:50 Dark blue or white; yellow tinted windows; "spring"??  axles, plastic undercarriage
Valvoline / China 1993 Valvoline 10 Most Wanted Cars 2.75"
1:67
Blue w/ white top; black chassis; silver painted bumpers; white interior; in set of 10 autos; see Golden Wheel Diecasting
? / Vietnam 2004 1957 Ford Thunderbird V024 14"x5" Wood, pieced and carved; topless - variety of woods used.
? / Vietnam 2009 . 1957 Ford Thunderbird 14"x5" Wood, pieced and carved; hardtop - variety of woods used.
Welly / China 2005
1957 Thunderbird 1/36 White, Silver, or Black with stylized flame graphics & words: "Classic Team" on sides and hardtop; cream interior with cream base; pull-back "motor"; only markings: "made in China" on base; chrome wheels, bumpers; doors open.  stubby, out of scale proportions.
Also in pink (2007 find)
Williams Bros / USA 1990's . . . Model Kit; plastic; clear pieces
Wolper & Azran-Hamway / Hong Kong 1977 "Welcome Back Kotter" Epstein 1:51 Plastic; Blue, non-porthole hardtop, black windows, chrome 5-spoke wheels, "Epstein" or "Barbarino" character head stuck to roof of car; chromed bumpers, black chassis; "rolling action motor",  #3 of 4 cars in series from TV show "Welcome Back Kotter" - from the 70s.
unknown late 80's or
early 90's to present
. Pencil Sharpner 1:64 Bronze look; black plastic soft top w/ cont'l kit; standard pencil sharpener underneath body
Yat Ming / China 2000
Road Signature / Diecast Metal Collection / Deluxe Edition /Ford 1957 
 Thunderbird
1:18 Blue OR Yellow; w/ continental kit?!, chrome cover; w/cream    NON-porthole hardtop; Tan & cream interior; white sunvisors;   hubcaps similar to original but no "FORD" on them. Now for another goof on their part - a tach added to the steering column!! FIRST  1/18th scale 57 Diecast ever made!
Yat Ming / China 2000
Road Signature Collection / Deluxe Collection / Diecast 
 Metal / Ford 1957 Thunderbird
1:18 Red OR White [stereo // or X-eye] OR StarMist Blue!; w/ continental  kit!, chrome cover on kit; w/cream PORTHOLE hardtop; black & cream interior; white sun visors; hubcaps like above + added "FORD" to centers. tach added to the steering column! weird!  Also sold under the Fairfield Mint label.
Yat Ming / China 2001 Road Signature Collection / Deluxe Edition; Special for the 2001,"12th Annual  Yellow Rose Classics "Car Show, Ft. Worth Texas 1:18 Red, White Porthole top); w/ continental kit, black & white interior as above model. with Yellow Rose logo surrounded by state of Texas outline in gold print on hood and " 12th Annual Yellow Rose Classics, hosted by the North Texas Mustang Club, August 11 & 12, 2001" on doors.
Yat Ming / China 2001 Ford 57 Thunderbird 1:18 School bus yellow; black seats with white inserts; (only available in Canada as far as we know) - like above Yat Ming models
Yat Ming / China 2001 . Ford 57 Thunderbird 1:18 Blue; black seats with white inserts; only available in Canada as far as we know) - like above Yat Ming models
Yat Ming / China 2003 57 Thunderbird, Road Signature Leather Series 1:18 Thunderbird Bronze; black interior with leather covered seats; white wall tires; cont'l kit
Yat Ming / China 2003 . 57 Thunderbird 1:18 mint green with cont'l kit, white hardtop; black & white interior
Yat Ming / China 2008 . 57 Thunderbird 92358 1:18 dark blue with dark blue interior
Yat Ming / China 2008 . 57 Thunderbird 92358 1:18 black with full red interior
unknown maker 1960s? 57 Thunderbird 4.5" Grey soft  plastic; crude mold; Convertible; windshield frame; wheels on snap-on metal axles; possible 60's? - no markings - possible Marx toy
unknown / USA ?
Thunderbird 
S-4288?
5 7/8"
15cm
1/30
Plastic; Blue with porthole hardtop; snap on grey wheels marked "made in U.S.A. S-4360; wire wheel style - Possibly a Thomas Toy - where Thomas Toy would be on underside, it's been removed.
Green; Plastic; porthole hardtop;no cont'l kit; trailer hitch; 1 piece mold w/ snapon axles
unknown / China late 80's
Classic Car 
R982-983
9" Plastic w/ Back Seat!! ;Pull string action; Colors:  lt. blue or lt green w/ pink stripe on side; OR all pink; or red-orange w/"classic car" tampo; OR yellow, more colors; non-porthole hardtop
unknown/USA 2002 . "BattleBird" 1:24 Resin model kit; use in conjunction with the AMT/Ertl model kit
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* SS and various names above with *by them all appear to be products of Summer Metal Products Manufacturing, Ltd, since 1989.  Read article on Doug Breithaupts website

 If you don't see your '57 classic t-bird model listed at all, Please contact me with a description including the manufacturer/ country of origin / year made if known / size / general & specific description including color of body and interior and type of top, hub style, etc.

Models are added all the time so come back periodically to see the additions.
 
Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
released in:  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
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