Just what was a stock,
no frills added,
'55, '56, or '57
A basic Thunderbird came stock
with a manual 3-speed transmission, 292 Y-block engine, "Thunderbird"
decaled black valve covers, painted oil breather cap, painted fan,
Argent silver air breather cover, plain black-wall tires, removeable
hardtop, manual steering, small hubcaps, manual roll-up windows, manual
brakes, manual seat adjustments, clock, vinyl interior.
No Radio, No heater, No fender
skirts, No back-up lights, No windshield washer, and no seatbelts.
These were the options for
ALL the little 'Birds (except where noted) - many of which, the dealers
ordered for the cars as a matter of practice- for better sales.
this could be ordered as a no-cost option in place of the Hardtop OR as
a cost option if both tops were wanted.
no option for the 1955; for 1956 and 1957, the 312 Y-block was commonly
the engine of choice. See the "engine"
page for specifics. Dual 4-barrel carburators were available in '56
& '57 and a supercharger was available in '57.
3-speed manual with overdrive OR the Ford-o-matic: which was the most common
option ordered of the transmissions.
in southern climes, you will find T-birds without heaters.
this was an option!
Kit: very commonly found on these 'birds, included chrome air filter
cover, chrome oil filler tube cap, finned aluminum valve covers and in
the 55's and early '56's, 3-bladed chrome fans.
hub caps: wire wheel style hub caps
were also available in '55 & '56 and came with the small hubcaps -
no wire style sets were made for the 57.
in '57, 2 options were available, the normal powerseats available for all
3 years or a new "dial-a-matic" power seat.
only on the '56 and '57
cover: a vinyl cover for the cockpit, hung behind the seat and could
be snapped into place across the dash. Also had a middle zipper so
the driver could have the front passenger seat covered while driving.