One of the staples of any auction are the so-called “Baby Bird” Ford Thunderbirds built between 1955-57. These two-seat T-Birds are true icons of the 1950s and have long been a favorite of collectors.

And if you want a Baby Bird, you want one worked on by Amos and Justin Minter of Dallas, the acknowledged gurus of Thunderbird restorations. Now there are lots of beautiful red or white or black T-Birds, but rarely do you see one like Lot 1053, in stunning Gunmetal Gray over a red interior. Just spectacular colors.

This Ford Thunderbird has just 28 miles since being restored and it comes with the exceedingly rare Borg Warner T-85 overdrive standard transmission. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This Ford Thunderbird has just 28 miles since being restored and it comes with the exceedingly rare Borg Warner T-85 overdrive standard transmission. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This is an “E” Series Thunderbird, meaning it comes with the 312-cubic-inch, 270-horsepower engine, with dual 4-barrel carburetors. This car has just 28 miles since being restored and it comes with the exceedingly rare Borg Warner T-85 overdrive standard transmission. Less than four percent of all early Birds were stick shift.

Add it all up — the right model, the right colors, the right options and the right restorer — and this should be a very strong seller tonight.

One of the staples of any Barrett-Jackson auction are the so-called “Baby Bird” Ford Thunderbirds built between 1955-57. These two-seat T-Birds are true icons of the 1950s and have long been a favorite of collectors.

And if you want a Baby Bird, you want one worked on by Amos and Justin Minter of Dallas, the acknowledged gurus of Thunderbird restorations. Now there are lots of beautiful red or white or black T-Birds, but rarely do you see one like Lot 1053, in stunning Gunmetal Gray over a red interior. Just spectacular colors.

This is an “E” Series Thunderbird, meaning it comes with the 312-cubic-inch, 270-horsepower engine, with dual 4-barrel carburetors. This car has just 28 miles since being restored and it comes with the exceedingly rare Borg Warner T-85 overdrive standard transmission. Less than four percent of all early Birds were stick shift.

Add it all up — the right model, the right colors, the right options and the right restorer and this should be a very strong seller tonight.

Editor’s note: We thought this car would bring big money. Instead, it brought HUGE money, hammering at $300,000, the top seller of the auction so far. Amazing.

One of the staples of any Barrett-Jackson auction are the so-called “Baby Bird” Ford Thunderbirds built between 1955-57. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

One of the staples of any Barrett-Jackson auction are the so-called “Baby Bird” Ford Thunderbirds built between 1955-57. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

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