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  Ford Thunderbird History
The 1979 Thunderbird was the same body but it had a redesigned grill and two individual tail lights instead of one wrap-around taillight.
The Thunderbird Turbo coupe was still the top of the line and was putting out an awesome 190 horsepower when outfitted with the five-speed manual transmission and 150 horsepower when outfitted with an automatic.
As Ford was pulling the Thunderbird from the showroom floor, there were murmurings that they were planning to continue the line with a completely new version for the new millennium.
www.albeedigital.com /supercoupe/articles/tbird_history.html   (1549 words)

 YouTube - Ford Thunderbird - Great Cars
The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was meant to fulfill the desire for a sporty American car.
Ford never had plans to make the T-Bird a true sports car, but it would possess the elements of a racer -- two seats, sleek styling and high performance.
The Ford Thunderbird continues to be a part of America's landscape.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=m2C7jCQjub0   (313 words)

 Ford Thunderbird Apparel - Ford Thunderbird T Shirts - Ford Thunderbird Hats
As gas prices rose, the Thunderbird became smaller, until it finally came full circle back to its roots as a two seater.
The Thunderbird is an American symbol of status and luxury.
Ford Thunderbird Naming According to Palm Springs Life magazine, the car's final name came not from the Native American symbol as one might expect, but from an ultra-exclusive housing tract in what would later be incorporated as Rancho Mirage, California: Thunderbird Heights.
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 Ford Thunderbird Parts - Ford Thunderbird Accessories - Partstrain.com
Introduced in September 1954 as a 1955 model, the Ford Thunderbird was intended to be Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Corvette.
Ford Thunderbirds manufactured from this year shared its chassis and most of its component with the Lincoln Continental Mark III which was introduced a year after and the Mercury Cougar, which was introduced on a much later date.
The styling trend for the Ford Thunderbird was reversed in 1977 when the car shrunk in size and was at that point based on the Ford Torino.
www.partstrain.com /ShopByVehicle/FORD/THUNDERBIRD   (602 words)

 Ford Thunderbird Review and Information   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Within this span of time, the Thunderbird convertible was dropped, a four-door version with suicide doors and landau irons was offered briefly, the car grew to the size and shape of a Lincoln Mark IV and was then downsized twice, first in 1977 and again to a Fairmont-based platform in 1980.
The Thunderbird stayed with this format (standard coupe with V6 or V8 power and the hyper Super Coupe) through the late 1990s, at which point the Thunderbird died a quiet death due to slow sales and general disinterest in the personal luxury coupe market.
The base Ford Thunderbird was dropped from the 1993 lineup, and the car was now available either as an LX (with either the V6 or V8), or as a Super Coupe with the supercharged V6.
www.edmunds.com /ford/thunderbird/review.html   (1000 words)

 Media.Ford.com: Ford Thunderbird Celebrates 50 years of Heritage
As a Ford Vice President and Ford Division general manager, it was his responsibility to strengthen a young Ford Division — give it an automobile that breathed excitement — a car that would add prestige to the Ford name.
Ford Division ushered in 1958 by unveiling the four-passenger Thunderbird before a group of prominent Americans at a New Year’s Eve Party at the exclusive Thunderbird Golf Club in Palm Springs, Calif. The public introduction was later in January.
Thunderbird was all-new from the ground up in 1989, featuring an exterior design destined to further reshape the aero-styling trends of the ’80s.
media.ford.com /article_display.cfm?article_id=19472   (3341 words)

 Ford Thunderbird at AllExperts
Ford's response was to move the Thunderbird upmarket, while some fans of the classic Thunderbird consider 1966 to be the last year of interest.
Perhaps to emphasise the Thunderbird's closer ties to the Lincoln marque as it moved upmarket, the rear doors were backward-opening suicide doors as on the 1960s Lincoln Continental.
For the 1977 through 1979 model years, the Thunderbird nameplate was shifted to the smaller chassis that had underpinned the discontinued Ford Torino and the LTD II, as Ford's first effort at downsizing the car.
en.allexperts.com /e/f/fo/ford_thunderbird.htm   (6312 words)

 Ford Thunderbird History
As with the '67 Thunderbird, the Thunderbird emblem was placed in the center of a mesh pattern grille.
In 1971, the Thunderbird was basically the same as it was in 1970, except for a redesigned front bumper and grill assembly.
The 1987 Thunderbird was a newly restyled aerodynamic bird.
www.brandonclassics.com /www/histories/history_thunderbird.htm   (1731 words)

 Scott's Car Library - Ford Thunderbird   (Site not responding. Last check: )
After the Thunderbird’s huge success in 1955 Ford addressed the trunk space problem by moving the spare tire to a hard case on the rear bumper.
Ford replaced the convertible option with a four door option, however this was not popular at all and was also discontinued after a couple of years in production.
With changes in management at Ford the Thunderbird started to look more like a regular car rather than the distinctive image that it had created for itself in the previous twenty years.
www.geocities.com /b22315/Thunderbirds.htm   (533 words)

 Ford Thunderbird - The History Of - Mustang and Fords Magazine
Ford dressed up the package for 1966 with an optional Landau formal roof line notched for effect, although the option was available a few years earlier.
The ’89-’97 Thunderbirds were undoubtedly one of the more controversial generations because they were very high-tech, but overweight and down on power, and they wore out their welcome quickly with enthusiasts.
Ford called the new ’61 Thunderbird the “third expression of the classic Thunderbird design….”; Indeed it was, but the all-new ’61 Thunderbird was anything but classic.
www.mustangandfords.com /thehistoryof/15818_ford_thunderbird   (2026 words)

 Musclecarclub.com - Ford Thunderbird - History
The Thunderbird was only available as a convertible, but a distinctive removeable hardtop with circular portholes was available and was a popular option.
In addition to the boost in power, the 1957 Ford Thunderbird received a minor facelift which resulted in what many fans feel is the most stylish Thunderbird of all time.
Comments: The 1958 Ford Thunderbird represented the first year of the second generation and the first of the four seat Thunderbird, which marked the end of the two seater (which would not reappear until 2002).
www.musclecarclub.com /musclecars/ford-thunderbird/ford-thunderbird-history.shtml   (889 words)

 MI6 :: Die Another Day (2002) :: James Bond 007
In 1961, the Ford Thunderbird caught the eye of the then newly-elected President of the United States, John F Kennedy, who demonstrated his passion for the car by including 50 of them in his inaugural procession.
According to myth, Thunderbird ruled the sky and was a divine helper of man. It's great flapping wings - invisible to mortals - created the winds and thunder, providing the desert rains which gave the Native Americans water to live on in the dry wilderness where fate had cast them.
As Ford Vice-President of Design J Mays explained: "The 1955 to 1957 Ford Thunderbirds are as symbolic of the times as rock and roll music and bobby socks.
www.mi6.co.uk /sections/dad/thunderbird.php3   (1162 words)

 cars - Ford Thunderbird
Sales of the Thunderbird were hit badly by the advent of the much cheaper Ford Mustang in 1964, and the response was to hasten this trend towards luxury.
For the 1977 through 1979 model years, the Thunderbird nameplate was shifted to the smaller chassis that had underpinned the discontinued Ford Torino, as Ford's first effort at downsizing the car.
In 1987, the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was redesigned and came with such notable features as automatic ride control, anti-lock brakes, and the intercooled turbocharged engine from the Ford Mustang SVO.
www.carluvers.com /cars/Ford_Thunderbird   (1148 words)

 Ford Thunderbird Parts: Standard and Performance Parts for the Powerful Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird for it s parts has 3.9 liter V8 engine that produces 280 horse power and 286 pound feet of torque, Electronic throttle control and variable cam timing improved performance, power, and fuel economy, a select-shift automatic transmission was added that allows semi-manual shifting.
Ford Thunderbird Part has restyled the seats, and added three new wheel designs, new appearance packages, and new interior appointments.
Other notable Ford Thunderbird body parts which add to its impeccable performance include heated seats and seven-spoke, 17-inch chromed aluminum wheels; 16-spoke bright machined aluminum wheels, a sand-colored convertible top, seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and optional soft boot, plus cream-colored gauges.
www.innerauto.com /Ford_Parts/Ford_Thunderbird_Parts   (151 words)

 Ford Thunderbird Parts @ Car Parts Wholesale
Ford Thunderbird has been a clear representation of clean styling, amazing design, creature comforts and engine refinement.
This procedure employed by Ford in assembling the Thunderbird is no-nonsense, considering all the complexities involved in launching a new car in the market.
Ford Thunderbird’s Turbo Coupe model bagged Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award in 1987 and its Retro Bird two-seater version has took home its third Car of the Year Honor in 2002.
www.carpartswholesale.com /cpw/ford~thunderbird~parts.html   (507 words)

 AUTOMOTIVE MILEPOSTS | 1955-1979 Ford Thunderbird
Ford's new personal car was put on the front burner, and to save money and time, would need to be built with many of the components used on other Ford Motor Company vehicles.
In 1965, the Thunderbird and the Lincoln Continental, were the first cars to be built with power front disc brakes as standard equipment, a significant safety improvement the was very much needed by both makes at the time.
The new Thunderbird returned to its roots, a two passenger personal luxury convertible, with a hint of styling taken from the classic Thunderbirds that preceded it.
automotivemileposts.com /contentstbird.html   (1633 words)

 Ford Thunderbird - An American Icon - Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
Ford also plans to celebrate Thunderbird's 50th birthday at Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 17 with enthusiasts, in conjunction with a Ford Racing Innovation drive.
Ford Thunderbird's 50-year history includes the classic two-seaters that started it all and a variety of models ever since then that have become so popular with collectors.
In the spring of 2003, Ford sold 700 limited edition "007" Ford Thunderbirds to commemorate the first appearance of a Thunderbird in the 40-year history of the James Bond film franchise.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-22-2004/0002292661&EDATE=   (492 words)

 Media.Ford.com: Ford Thunderbird Concept: American Icon is Back   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Thunderbird concept's stance is designed to be relaxed and confident - achieved through a negative-wedge design in which the front of the vehicle appears to be set slightly higher than the rear.
The aluminum-finished Thunderbird badge features a turquoise insert across the wings and is prominently placed on the vehicle's nose, rear and across the front seat backs.
According to legend, Thunderbird ruled the sky and was a divine helper of man. The great wings - invisible to mortal man - created the winds and the thunder and provided rains in the arid desert, where fate had brought the Native Americans.
media.ford.com /article_display.cfm?article_id=3490   (882 words)

 1963 Ford Thunderbird   (Site not responding. Last check: )
When the 1961 Thunderbird appeared in the fall of 1959 the car was a big design change giving the appearance of being bigger and less crowded inside yet it really was about the same size it just had a bigger look.
Ford had been using the Thunderbird as its design leader ever since it had been first introduced but the 1958-58 disaster with the Edsel had made the company shift its emphasis to the family sedan so that the 60
Ford actually came out with the new look a full year before the bird got its face lift.
www.ftlcomm.com /ensign/carfolder/ford1940/thunderbird/63/63thunderbird.html   (381 words)

 Test Drive Notes: 2002 Ford Thunderbird
The Thunderbird comes with the same smooth 3.9-liter V8 and five-speed automatic that's used in the Lincoln LS.
We drove the Thunderbird with the removable hard top in place and also noticed a number of annoying squeaks and rattles that we attribute to it.
The Thunderbird's doors are long and heavy, which is something to bear in mind.
www.cartalk.com /content/testdrives/Reviews/ford-thunderbird-2002.html   (1222 words)

 2002 Ford Thunderbird Road Test
Thunderbird came to life in 1954 as a '55 model and immediately became a classic.
Ford couldn't make this roof retractable and still keep the styling as good as it is, so they did the next best thing.
Ford is said to have the entire 25,000 unit production run spoken for with customers lining up for next year's build.
www.familycar.com /RoadTests/Thunderbird   (1391 words)

 Boston.com cars.com:   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although Ford shuns the retro label, designers gazed backward to a dramatic era of the company’s heritage to revive the Thunderbird convertible.
According to Ford, the two-seat cockpit “reflects the exterior design and the car’s romantic heritage with bold style combined with the comfort and convenience today’s customers demand.” Interior trim comes in four colors — Inspiration Yellow, Torch Red, Thunderbird Blue and Midnight Black — which depends on the body color.
Like the original Thunderbird, the 2002 model appears to be aimed at energetic performance but not at trying to beat the competition in acceleration contests.
www.cars.com /carsapp/boston?srv=parser&act=display&mknm=Ford&mdnm=Thunderbird&tf=/features/2002overview/ford/thunderbird_intro.tmpl   (823 words)

 Ford Thunderbird - An American Icon for Fifty Years
After Ford got wind of what was in the works with the sports car project over at Chevrolet, they knew this would require a response in some way from Ford, and a program to build a Ford sports car was was put on the fast track.
Ford carried over the 1957 Thunderbird into the 1958 model year, as the new four passenger Thunderbird would not be ready for introduction with the rest of the 1958 Fords.
Ford was concerned that the public hadn't accepted its rocketship styling during this cycle, and looked to the 1958-1960 models for inspiration.
automotivemileposts.com /thunderbird50.html   (5789 words)

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