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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Vanity Fair, April 29th

Although the age of the celebrity stalker had not yet dawned, the normally unflappable Olivia de Havilland could not help being discomfited by the disheveled man with the dead eyes who would not stop staring at her. It was 1957. She was at a charity...Read more

Classic Ford exhibit coming to Jenkins & Wynne
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, April 28th

Also to be included in the exhibit is a Ford of a more recent vintage, an 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. This model starred in the 2002 James Bond movie "Die Another Day” and was named Motor Trend magazine's 2002 "Car of the Year." John Butler, a ...Read more

Early-bird discount for BlackTop Nationals exhibitors
Wichita Eagle, April 27th

Gary Sangals of Hutchinson created this glowing green 1936 Ford 5-window coupe in tribute to his parents, who dated in a car of the same vintage. ..... Jim Hein's 1957 Ford T-Bird was on display at the BlackTop Nationals Friday inside Century II. (Aug...Read more

Vern Holzman: Drag racing patriarch
Wichita Eagle, April 22nd

There's also a '57 Ford Thunderbird convertible he restored, parked alongside a recreation of a maroon-and-black '36 Ford coupe like the one Vern drove in high school. The elder Holzman said he began racing when he was 17, often along Greenwich Road, ...Read more

Step Inside a Vintage Bentley On Google Street View
RoadandTrack.com, April 17th

Los Angeles where all the magic happens, crammed full of vintage relics like an Indiana Jones movie—the place which once auctioned off tennis legend John McEnroe's Ferrari 400, and punk rock legend Joe Strummer's Ford Thunderbird, among others...Read more

Music, fashion, cars and retro fun mark Las Vegas rockabilly gathering
Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 17th

NDN-VIDEO-6189866.mov Fans from around the world packed the Orleans Hotel and Casino for four days of rockabilly music, classic cars, fashion, burlesque and more during the 19th Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas ...Read more

Car heaven at the 23rd annual Camellia Classic at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
AL.com, April 4th

A 1956 Ford Thunderbird is pictured at the Mobile Bay Mustang Club's 23rd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Ala., on Saturday April 2, 2016. (Sharon Steinmann/ssteinmann@al.com)...Read more

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Police are asking for the public's help in finding a well-preserved 1979 Ford Thunderbird that was stolen from a home in the Kensington neighbourhood where a man's body was found early Thursday. The licence plate number is BLT 1482. Thunderbird ...Read more