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The title only tells part of this story, but it hints at the life this magnificent 1957 Ford Thunderbird has lived. The round trip itself is not all that unusual, as old car collectors from Northern climes scour the west coast for rust free examples of their project of choice. Not many survive with much in the way of original parts. This bird is one of the lucky ones.

Now owned by Deborah DiSantis, this Bird was on display at the 2011 Performance World show in Toronto. Despite being 54 years old, the car has managed to retain many key original parts. Most notably, the engine, carburetor and transmission are all original, having been rebuilt to bring them back to tip top shape. Beyond that, all of the mechanical parts have been replaced with new period pieces.

Even the dashboard, which rarely lasts this long without replacement, is original to the car, along with the horn ring. The rest of the interior is new and looks spectacular.

As Deborah says:

“With money, you can buy your dream. With more money, you can finish your dream.”