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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Chicago Daily Herald, February 26th

Chicagoland Thunderbird Club is a vintage car enthusiasts club dedicated to the historical preservation of the Ford Thunderbird, models from 1955 through 2005. The Chicagoland Thunderbirds puts on car show events during the summer; all makes and ...Read more

Everyone ready for Arizona City Western Daze Saturday?
TriValley Central, February 25th

28 begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Antique Aircraft fly-over. ... Entries for the Arizona City Western Daze Parade 2015 include: Citizens On Patrol (COP) Program from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the Pinal County Attorney's Office, Yvonne “Mac...Read more

Showcasing Vintage Vehicles
Fort Worth Star Telegram, February 24th

Spring marks the start to the car-show season, and in the Keller area, there's a large and thriving community of vintage car collectors for whom this is as much a way of life as a hobby. Here's a look at a few people in the area whose love of old...Read more

Helen King
Quad City Times, February 21st

She was a longtime and active member of Newcomb Presbyterian Church in Davenport, a member of the Quad-Cities Antique Ford Car Club and a member of the Classic Thunderbird Club International. She and her husband Bob enjoyed travel, especially to ...Read more

Visitors dazzled at new Ford Rouge factory tour Press, February 14th

The tour also includes a historic display of key antique vehicles and two theaters with films and displays. For the 2015 model year, Ford abandoned decades of steel-bodied pickups to make a new F-150 with an aluminum body to shed ... The vehicles...Read more

Antique cars rev up memories for admirers at Edison Ford Antique Car Show
Naples Daily News, February 7th

Vintage tools are seen Saturday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Thousands came out for the annual Edison Ford Antique Car Show featuring a heavy showing of Model Ts, As, Mustangs and Thunderbirds, among other ...Read more

Spare Times Listings for Feb. 6-12
New York Times, February 5th

40th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Concert and Powwow (through Sunday) The oldest troupe of its kind in New York brings its annual concert and powwow to a close this weekend. ... (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) Ms. Reza, the French writer...Read more

A Giant Clock and a Giant Clamshell
Maine Antique Digest, February 5th

The sale opened with two vintage cars, a 1980 Ferrari 308GTSI and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible/hardtop. They sold for $38,130 (est. $28,000/32,000) and $34,440 (est. $30,000/35,000) respectively. A lot of 19 Packard motorcar hubcaps from the ...Read more