The Ford Thunderbird was introduced in 1955 as a sporty, luxurious two-seat car to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette. The original designs featured either a powered soft-top convertible or a removable fiberglass roof, with restrained lines and more modest fins than most cars of the era. T-Birds, as they were often called, soon overtook Corvettes both in sales and speed. The Thunderbird’s standard V8 engine was able to reach 114 mph, and could reach 60 mph in under 10 seconds.

While not a true sports car, the T-Bird caught on as a personal luxury vehicle, despite its limiting soft springs and low-geared steering. The Thunderbird’s 1957 update added clunkier rear fins, and in 1958 the entire vehicle was altered for a boxier, low-riding four-seat design. After 1961, the Thunderbird took on a sleek, bullet-shaped look, although the model was actually much larger than '50s T-Birds.

In the 1970s, Ford incorporated larger engines, power side windows, and air-conditioning to the standard Thunderbird models. The 1975 design became one of the first American cars to offer power disc brakes on all four wheels. Ford ultimately created 13 different generations of Thunderbirds until officially ending production of the car in 2005.


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Alan Jackson's '55 Ford Thunderbird Going on Limited Display at Country Music ...
WWGP 1050 AM, August 19th

No Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels — the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought...Read more

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Suburban Life Publications, August 19th

Nicole Rodriguez of Lyons gives a lift to her cousin Anthony Loza, 5, of Berwyn, so he can look, but not touch, at a 1940 Master Chevrolet. Anthony was unsuccessful in persuading her to buy the car, which is for sale. Cruise Night in Riverside brings...Read more

Man's antique cars dented, scratched and spray-painted by vandals in Lincoln
The Republic, August 17th

LINCOLN, Nebraska — If the vandals had smashed the windshield of his Ford Taurus, Roger Pickering could get it replaced in hours. But it's not so simple finding good glass for the split pane of a 1940 New Yorker, or the passenger window of a 1957...Read more

A great night for motorheads
Insurance News Net, August 15th

Radio station WNBP and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the third annual "Cruisin' the '50s" festival, featuring hundreds of vintage vehicles, including a DeLorean from "Back to the Future" fame and a million-dollar Delahaye. Ray Vetree came from...Read more

Vandals target Lincoln man's rural car collection
Beatrice Daily Sun, August 14th

If the vandals had smashed the windshield of his Ford Taurus, Roger Pickering could get it replaced in hours. But it's not so simple finding good glass for the split pane of a 1940 New Yorker, or the passenger window of a 1957 Ranchero, or the...Read more

Celebrating the Thunderbird
Driving, August 14th

Some 60 years later, the Calgary Thunderbird Club is celebrating the T-bird this Saturday, Aug. 23, when it hosts their 13th annual show and shine. The group is welcoming all Thunderbirds, and other vintage Ford products, at Cam Clark Ford in Airdrie...Read more

Late Clash Legend Joe Strummer's 1963 Thunderbird Could Be Yours
Diffuser.fm, August 14th

Late Clash frontman Joe Strummer's 1963 Ford Thunderbird is for sale on eBay right now. The highest bid is well over $20,000 right now, with 7 days left to bid. Strummer's vintage whip is being sold by Beverly Hills Car Club, a dealership that...Read more

Joe Strummer's Car Is For Sale
CMJ, August 13th

That's right, the Beverly Hills Car Club is auctioning off a pristine, vintage, Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird previously owned by the late Joe Strummer, leader of the legnedary British punk band, The Clash. The auction started last Monday and will end...Read more