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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Alan Jackson takes sneak peek at new Hall of Fame exhibit
The Tennessean, August 27th

Jackson's 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible will be on display in the museum lobby through Monday. At 12, Jackson started saving his money for his first car. He bought the vintage Ford three years later and restored it with his father, Gene. After high...Read more

The Car Guys of Los Gatos have some pretty cool cars, and they're happy to ...
San Jose Mercury News, August 27th

There's nothing quite like a vintage car to turn your head when you're driving down the street--chrome bumpers polished to a mirror shine, fat whitewalls spinning and funny sounding "aooga" horns demanding, "Look at me, I'm cherry!" There's a lot of...Read more

Vintage Vault: 1965 Gibson Firebird III
Premier Guitar, August 25th

The new Firebird line—the name was suggested by Dietrich—was introduced in the spring of 1963. The series comprised four guitars, the Firebird I, III, IV, and VII, and two basses, the Thunderbird II and IV. Boasting a unique neck-through-body...Read more

Vintage cars have stories to tell at BlackTop Nationals
Kansas.com, August 23rd

A 1967 Nance with the Kansas Antique Racers is on display at the Black Top Nationals in downtown Wichita Friday. (Aug. ..... A 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Jim and Diane Hatcher sits on display at the Blacktop Nationals on Saturday afternoon...Read more

Club Holds 38th Annual Auto Show
Gant Daily, August 23rd

Class D, Antique Class 1973-1989, Ray Coudriet – State Farm Insurance: first place, 1982 Chevy Monte Carlo, Pat and Dianne Carfley, Curwensville; second place, 1976 Plymouth Duster, Dean Coudriet, Curwensville; and third place, 1978 Ford Thunderbird, ...Read more

Alan Jackson's '55 Ford Thunderbird Going on Limited Display at Country Music ...
WWGP 1050 AM, August 19th

No Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels — the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought...Read more

Joe Strummer's Car Is For Sale
CMJ, August 13th

That's right, the Beverly Hills Car Club is auctioning off a pristine, vintage, Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird previously owned by the late Joe Strummer, leader of the legnedary British punk band, The Clash. The auction started last Monday and will end...Read more

47th Annual Labor Day Auction
Maine Antique Digest, August 12th

Choice 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible, with approx 74,000 original miles, professionally restored. ... legs; bonnet top QA highboy; Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany sideboard; several antique floor cupboards barrel back corner cupboard and blue painted 4...Read more