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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Cedar Lake's Summerfest Charity Car Show awards trophies
nwitimes.com, July 29th

The South Shore Regional Car Show from 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Fair Oaks Farms will feature hundreds of antique and classic cars, a DJ and music… Read more .... There was a tie for the entry with the Most Trophies from any year of the show, Bob...Read more

Antique & Classic Car Show at Fairfield U. Saturday
Minuteman News Center, July 29th

Bring the family to a summer car show located at the Regina A. Quick Center lot, Barlow Road entrance on Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Connecticut Seaport Car Club of Southport. The campus of Fairfield University will feature ...Read more

Fatman Fabrications Builds a Repro Chassis for the 1955-56 Ford
Hot Rod Network, July 27th

Fatman Fabrications recently introduced a complete chassis for the popular 1955-56 Thunderbird. The response was very good, but the order desk was frequently asked, "When are you going to do a chassis for ... Brent is still a very active hot rodder...Read more

Concours d'Elegance preview comes to downtown Northville
Hometownlife.com, July 23rd

This year's preview event, in celebration of the Ford Thunderbird's 60th Anniversary, will also feature a special Thunderbird exhibit. The Thunderbird ... Downtown Northville is hosting a preview show of some vintage cars this weekend. (Photo...Read more

Big crowd turns out for Vintage Grand Prix
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 19th

The event gives aficionados such as Mr. Haley a chance to see rare and expensive models — including a 1977 Ford Thunderbird or a convertible Maserati — up close. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Matt Baum, 28, of Regent Square has attended the Grand ...Read more

Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Model Ts coming to Elgin Sunday
Chicago Tribune, July 16th

Sponsored by the Chicagoland Thunderbirds club, the Midwest Model T Ford Club, Mustang Restorations of East Dundee, the Nash Club and KJP Car Show, the vintage autos will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Elgin History Museum, at 360 ...Read more

'Gene Autry car' part of Concours Thunderbird lineup
Portland Tribune, July 8th

Over the years, Milwaukie resident Doug Naef has occasionally attended the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance car show with his dad. But this year he and his girlfriend, Christine Merris, will be presenting her car — a 1956 Ford Thunderbird previously...Read more

Kiawah plans town-funded rare car show next spring
Charleston Post Courier, July 4th

KIAWAH ISLAND — As a kid growing up in Ohio, Dave Sondles loved visiting the local Ford dealership to see the white 1956 Thunderbird for sale there. He would buy a Coke and a bag of peanuts and watch the car turn slowly on its elevated pedestal in the ...Read more