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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Stockton Record, September 14th

On display in the pavilion were classic cars such as a 1956 Ford Thunderbird and vintage dresses worn decades ago by festival queens, but Ordez seemed most enchanted by a number of commodity murals created by area youths. Ordez pulled out her ...Read more

Beauties galore on CSI campus for Sunday's 38th annual car show
Staten Island Advance -, September 14th

"I get thumbs up all the time on the highway," said Tony Mei of Prince's Bay about the 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible, shining black with a white hardtop, that he's owned for 11 years. ... "I've been into antique cars for over 20 years," Guarnieri...Read more

PHOTOS: Jag-powered Ford truck, September 12th

Stan Diehl says he lies awake at night dreaming up vehicles like his topless 1950 Ford F-1 pickup, which would look right at home on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's a combination of parts and pieces of several vintage vehicles he has collected over the...Read more

This Thunderbird Doesn't Have What You Think Under The Hood
Jalopnik, September 11th

Unless you're thinking of a gas tank, a battery, and some open space and probably a few Twix wrappers, this T-Bird does not have what you'd expect under the hood. That's because, technically, it's not a T-Bird at all. Meet the Veebird, especially this...Read more

Jag-powered Ford hot rod, September 11th

He also narrowed a late '40s Ford dashboard to fit inside the reconfigured cab, which features a stock 1966 Thunderbird cove-style rear seat adapted to the job at hand. He was able to match the exterior paint color and add some texture by spraying the ...Read more

Corrected: Theft charge may be dismissed
Wausau Daily Herald, September 11th

WAUSAU – A Wausau woman who police believe owned a house where a stolen antique car was hidden before thieves set fire to the vehicle has not been charged in connection with that case, according to court documents. Riley Wolosek, 26, of Wausau was...Read more

Fort Hand Festival attracts residents to Kunkle Park for food, fun, history
Tribune-Review, September 7th

The park concession stand will be where members of the Lions Club will sell roast-beef sandwiches. In addition, the King's Frownie character will be handing out Frownies. Turner's Iced Tea will be available from the Turner's T-bird, a vintage Ford...Read more

World War II vet selling his amazing house of cars
Fox News, September 5th

The 93-year-old retired contractor spent decades collecting classic Fords along with thousands of toy cars, oil cans, license plates, vintage signs and gas pumps. He eventually ... It's the same model and color Henry Ford gifted to President Roosevelt...Read more