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The Ford Thunderbird “Squarebirds” Remain a Masterpiece of Fifties Detroit Design

Posted March 05, 2020 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Hot on the heels of the new Corvette, Ford introduced its 1955 Thunderbird to great fanfare and thunderous approval when the sporty two-seater premiered at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show. With its appealing shape, distinctive style and a 292-cubic-inch V-8 putting out either 193 or 198 horsepower, depending on transmission pairing, it was a huge success with 16,155 examples sold that first year. Compared to its crosstown rival the Corvette, which only attracted 700 buyers that same year, Ford hit a grand slam right out of the box. It seemed everyone wanted to own a new Thunderbird.

And we'll have fun, fun, fun until Daddy takes the T-bird awayyyy...

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03/05/2020 1:50 PM

And then they turned it into a road barge...

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03/05/2020 2:15 PM

Personally, I prefer the 1956 with the round portal window.

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03/05/2020 6:26 PM

...and the 1957 T-bird for me.

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03/05/2020 11:19 PM

Not really seeing this as sporty (the 57 is more like it) compared to, say, the Austin Healey 100 of the same year!

https://www.classicdigest.com/cars/austin-healey/100/161904

although I expect the price for the classic is a bit more than the original 1956 price

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03/06/2020 8:40 AM

With all due respect, apparently some 16,500 people disagreed with your assessment. And that's what counted for Ford. Apparently also, the Vette wasn't so sporty....

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03/06/2020 1:35 PM

My dad had one of these...

That's when I fell in love with sportscars...

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03/09/2020 11:05 PM

Always loved the look of these, very classy....

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