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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Starbird-Devlin steps it up a notch
Kansas.com, January 24th

If you look closely, you'll see that's a vintage DeSoto Hemi peaking out from under the hood of Doug Marshall's sweet little '31 Ford roadster from Haysville. Note the nifty nerf bar setup in front of the radiator and the old-school exhaust. | Mike...Read more

1957 Ford Thunderbird & 1965 Plymouth Satellite - Historic Muscle
Hot Rod Network, January 22nd

One he hung onto was this very 1957 Ford Thunderbird. Hot Rod was renowned for its vintage, prewar engine swaps, so to expand into later model swaps, Don dropped the aforementioned (and blueprinted) 389 Pontiac into his 'Bird. This was in 1961. To top ...Read more

William Watson: Fun, fun, fun till the spin-docs take his T-bird away
Financial Post, January 21st

So what if Jim Prentice bought a vintage car for $71,000? He earned it. We shouldn't begrudge it. Things were ... A $71,000 colonial white 1956 Ford Thunderbird, which he picked up at auction in Arizona over the weekend. A T-Bird with a 313-cubic-inch, ...Read more

Rare-car prices rev into high gear at Valley auctions
azcentral.com, January 20th

The vintage-auto market has been helped by rising affluence among high net-worth people around the globe. The typical buyer is a 57-year-old man. The normalization of relations with Cuban has raised speculation that old cars from the island nation...Read more

FLASH- Motor Mania Grips City
Mesquite Local News, January 19th

Did I just see a glimpse of a blonde behind the wheels of a 57 T-Bird? My mind immediately goes to lyrics of a song by Ronnie Milsap, 'Lost in the ... I realized as I reached the old Oasis that my ride is still a monstrous Ford Exhibition and finding a...Read more

Car club calendar 2015
Chicago Daily Herald, January 19th

Antique Automobile Club, Cadillac and LaSalle chapters of the Illinois Region, meets the second Monday of the month at various locations. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. For information, contact Gene Johnson at (773) 775-4916, (630...Read more

Valenti Classics restores vintage cars for clients around the world
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 15th

For an Australian couple, the dream car was a custom-restored 1966 Ford Thunderbird. They flew to Milwaukee to pick it up and then drove the length of U.S. Route 66, one of the nation's oldest highways, before having the car shipped home to Australia...Read more

1993 Cale Yarborough Racing Bojangles Ford Thunderbird rides again
NBCSports.com, December 28th

were roaming around the Internet, we came across a great story by John Ash, of Elysburg, Pennsylvania, who has restored to race-ready condition – and he's also back competing with it in vintage races – a 1993 Cale Yarborough Racing Ford Thunderbird...Read more