I have been sitting on these pictures for, oh boy, probably close to two years. Thunderbird Week, however, finally prompted me to share my favorite model of my favorite year of the two-seat T-Birds: The Ertl Precision 100 1957 Thunderbird in Dusk Rose.
This model, along with a 1965 Mustang convertible and other models, were released by Ertl in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company. These were much more detailed than the usual Ertl American Muscle fare, and comparable to Highway 61 diecasts in their level of accuracy and detail. Such as the photo-etched grille seen here.
The doors, hood and trunk all open, the driveshaft turns with the rear wheels, and factory colors are used, and a miniature 1957 Thunderbird sales brochure was also included. In addition to Dusk Rose, Starmist Blue was also offered. I have one of those too.
A removable hardtop was also included, for top-up or top-down display, at your pleasure. Note the “Lifeguard Design” decal on the door.
The inside was just as full of detail, with a bench seat that slides fore and aft, folding backrest, and moveable lever for the floor-mounted automatic.
There’s even tiny keys in the ignition!
While I’d never drive a pink car, on this car, and in this shade, this T-Bird just looks perfect. The ’50s, when color ruled: Blues, greens, reds, pinks and yellows!
The engine compartment is equally well done, with its reverse-opening hood and mini 312 CID V8 engine.
Even the fresh air vent opens! Cool, huh?
I got both of mine at the local hobby shop, which sadly closed its doors in summer 2011 when the owner retired. Ertl itself is gone, having crazily sold off its diecast and plastic model lines to focus on car seats and strollers, of all things. Auto World bought a lot of their 1/18 tooling, however, and currently offer this casting in Inca Gold, if you so desire. But I like my rose and blue ones better!