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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Mark Martin Museum drives success home
NWAOnline (subscription), September 25th

There's no charge to visit and there's no pestering by salesmen to buy a new Ford or Kia while you're here. A NASCAR enthusiast could spend a full day savoring the museum's ... They include the 1989 Stroh's Thunderbird, the No. 6 Viagra Coca-Cola 600...Read more

Litchfield County Times, September 24th

I have fond memories of joining my siblings in clambering all over that snappy yellow Ford while it was parked for years in our garage. Every so often, my father would push it out to the driveway, fuss under the hood for a few ... Of course, I wasn't...Read more

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 24th

The Bay: Jonny T-Bird Trio, 9 p.m. Sept. 27, 342 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay. Diamond Pub and .... 26, Vintage Car Show & Customer Appreciation Party, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 2416 W. State St. Pitch's Baby Grand: John Hefter ..... Schmit Brothers...Read more

Classy classics: Fairfield Elks trot out vintage car show
Fairfield Citizen, September 20th

place for more than three dozen classic vehicles in its annual Antique & Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. Visitors admired vintage rides such as a candy apple red 1941 Chevy Suburban, a bright yellow 1932 Ford Roadster and a pink 1957 Ford...Read more

1956 Baby T-Bird special in many ways, September 20th

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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