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.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jersey Vintage Ford Collectibles

Jersey Vintage Ford Collectibles

Sam Baker's excellent collection of vintage Ford porcelain and neon signs and related memorabilia from the 1920s an… [read review or visit site]

1957Ford.com

1957Ford.com

The new model year Fords are in, and its 1957! Looking at a Fairlane, Tudor Sedan, Ranchero or Country Squire Wagon… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Ford : Thunderbird Convertible 1957 Ford T Bird, Hotrod / Streetrod, Kit Car, 1950s, Antique, Swap / TradeFord : Thunderbird Thunderbird 1956 Ford Thunderbird/proyectFord : Thunderbird 2dr Fastback 1970 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Fastback 429 Cid 28,000 Miles Original Calif CarFord : Thunderbird Roadster Rare 1966 Ford Thunderbird Roadster ConvertibleFord : Other Pickups Red Exterior...black Interior 1957 Ford Ranchero Custom First Year! Thunderbird Motor Red Calif. Nice Low Res!Ford : Thunderbird Black Custom Ford T-bird, Rat Rod, Street Rod, "the Batbird" !!!Ford : Thunderbird Hardtop 1956 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Auto P Code 312 Interceptor Great RestorationFord : Thunderbird Base Convertible 2-door 1966 Ford Thunderbird Base Convertible 2-door 6.4lFord : Thunderbird Roadster 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster 390 V8 For Sale ConvertibleFord : Thunderbird Convertible 1955 ThunderbirdFord : Thunderbird Convertible 55 Ford T-bird Convertible 54786 MilesFord : Thunderbird Landau 100% Original Thunderbird Landau *barn Find* No ReserveFord : Thunderbird Thunderbird Convertible 1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible! 390 V8! Rare And Original! A/c! Must See!Ford : Thunderbird 430 Coupe Ford Thunderbird 1959 430 CoupeFord : Thunderbird Super Coupe Only 63k Leather Sunroof Jbl Cd Cold A/c One Owner Survivor Clean Carfax 35 PicsFord : Other Thunder Bird Red Convertible 1957 Ford Thunderbird ---18765 Actual Miles---mint Original--the BestFord : Thunderbird 2 Door 1957 Ford Thunderbird - The Classic 1950's American Car!! California Car!!Ford : Thunderbird Hard Top 1966 Ford Thunderbird "q Code" 428 With Fact Air,orig.paint,orig.int,arizona CarFord : Thunderbird Base Convertible 2-door 1960 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleFord : Thunderbird Factory 1966 Thunderbird (rare) 428 Big BlockFord : Thunderbird Red & White 1959 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleFord : Thunderbird Super Coupe Sc 1989 Ford Thundrebird Supercoupe Sc Beautiful Conditon Low Miles1:24 Danbury Mint 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible.Ford : Thunderbird 1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible With AcAurora In Box 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Ho Slot Car H.o Scale T-jetFord : Thunderbird Base Convertible 2-door 1959 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleFord : Thunderbird Town Landau 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hardtop 1 Owner 56k Actual Miles1:24 Scale Limited Edition Dusk Rose No.371 1957 Ford Thunderbird MibValve Cover For 1956 And 1957 Ford Thunderbird Y Block Hot Rod Just 1Aurora In Box 1963 Ford Thunderbird White Blue Ho Slot Car H.o Scale T-jetFord : Thunderbird Base 1966 Ford ThunderbirdFord : Thunderbird Base Hardtop 2-door 1964 Ford Thunderbird Mild Custom... Flake/panel/candy Paint!!!Danbury Mint 1:24 1959 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversity Limited Edition #1646Ford : Thunderbird Super Coupe Coupe 2-door 1994 Ford Thunderbird Sc Super Coupe Coupe 2-door 3.8l Reciepts New Paint LookDanbury Mint 1961 Ford Thunderbird Ht L.e. *undisplayed! (d-524)Ford : Thunderbird 2 Door 1964 Ford Thunderbird LandauFord : Thunderbird Other 1963 Ford Thunderbird HardtopDanbury Mint 1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Le Anniversary- Nmib! Very Rare!Danbury Mint 1:24 1957 Ford Thunderbird Dusk Rose, Number 2296 Ltd. Ed. T-birdFord : Thunderbird Landau 1968 Ford Thunderbird Base Hardtop 2-door 7.0l1:24 Scale Danbury Mint Monte Carlo Red 1960 Ford Thunderbird CoupeOld Vintage Chimayo Indian Style Blanket Purse With Thunderbird ClaspX-men 94 First New X-men Death Thunderbird 1963 1975 Marvel Cockrum ClaremontFord : Thunderbird 2 Door Convertible Original Condition 1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible1959 Ford Thunderbird Tin Toy Car, Made In JapanFord : Thunderbird 75th Selling Dads T-bird - 57,916 Miles - Ac - Auto - 78 Thunderbird - Classic - RipFord : Thunderbird Premium 2003 Ford T-bird Convertible/hardtop. Automatic, Black With Saddle InteriorFord : Thunderbird Tudor Landau 1967 Ford Thunderbird Tudor Landau ***no Reserve***Vintage Bandai Japan Ford Thunderbird Friction Model Auto Series Mint In BoxDanbury Mint 1:24 1960 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversity Limited Edition #943Danbury Mint - 1961 Ford Thunderbird Indy 500 Pace Car - Display - 1:24 - Dm 45dFord : Thunderbird 2-door Coupe 1970 Ford Thunderbird Coupe Excellent Condition 55k Original MilesFord : Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop 1963 Ford Thunderbird - Rare Pink ColorFord : Thunderbird Super Coupe Coupe 2-door 1992 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe Coupe 2-door 3.8lFinch Thunderbird 1976 Oz Hard Rock Classic On Eagle Label .......rare!!! Lp Eastern 26" Dj Bike, Thunderbird, Nighttrain, Dirt Jump, Bmx, 26, Freestyle,bikeFord : Thunderbird Base Hardtop 2-door 1969 Ford Thunderbird Base Hardtop 2-door 7.0lVintage Amf Wing Archery Thunderbird1957 Ford Thunderbird "birdnest" 1/43 Brooklin #brk13ay, White Metal, 1 Of 250Ford : Thunderbird Premium Light Sand 2004 Thunderbird Premium Convertible W/removable Hardtop

Recent News: Ford Thunderbird

Source: Google News

Dixon grills, chills, with spiffy cars, trucks, too
The Reporter, July 19th

Further down, along A street, a vintage Ford Thunderbird, painted a powder blue-green, and a muscular-looking black Chevrolet Impala, vintage early 1970s, sat proudly in the blazing sunshine, attracting dozens of people who wanted a peek at the engines ...Read more

Classic cars shine at South County Museum auto show
The Providence Journal, July 18th

Donald Spear, a youthful 93, and his son David were sitting with his black 1956 Ford Thunderbird, which he bought used from Jake Kaplan's dealership in 1957. He said the previous owner had been too tall to be comfortable in it. He had garaged it and...Read more

Pit Stop: Porsche Club Rally
Newsday, July 18th

Porsche Club Vintage Rally; registration/confirmation 9 a.m., first car off 10:01 a.m., members $30, non-members $40; starts LIE, Exit 58 Park & Ride, ends at One Woman Wines, 5195 Old North Rd., Southold; info/pre-registration: mgzabc@verizon.net or...Read more

Trains, classic rides a perfect combination
Sacramento Bee, July 17th

We just took a five-day trip to San Diego on Amtrak and much of my time was spent looking out the window of the speeding coach in hopes of seeing antique cars and trucks. It was a ... The good news is vintage tin is out there for the train passenger to...Read more

Unity Bank donates $5600 to Family Promise
Hunterdon County Democrat, July 15th

winners included: Antique to 1949 – Jerry Innella of Pittstown, 1948 Buick Super, and Elmer Hendershot of Whippany, 1940 Ford Deluxe; '50s Stock – R.J. Babriecki of High Bridge, 1958 Mercury Park Lane, and George Fender of Manville, 1955 Ford T...Read more

Antique cars coming up for auction
Columbus CEO, July 9th

Other cars in the field will include a 1966 Ford GT40, a 1964 Superformance Daytona coupe, a 1998 Dodge Viper GTSR, a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 sports coupe, a 1959 Austin Healey, a 1939 Buick 4-door street rod, a 1938 Cadillac limo street rod, a 1972...Read more

Amesbury antique car show set for July 19
The Daily News of Newburyport, July 9th

The proud owner of a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that he displayed at the Ring Reckers Classic Car Show during Amesbury Days, Gray said that he has always been drawn to the city's rich automotive history, adding that it extends beyond what most people think...Read more

1959 Ford Galaxie 2-door hardtop
Autonet.ca, July 5th

Bertrand Motor Sales has been in business at the same Bridge Street location for as long as anyone in town can remember, and as well as the usual assortment of clean used cars Art often has one or two vintage vehicles available. He's a collector...Read more