FORD THUNDERBIRD t bird– AN AMERICAN ICON – CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
- The Ford Thunderbird, an American classic, became available to customers on Oct. 22, 1954.
- In honor of the 50th Anniversary, Ford will commemorate the Thunderbird with a 50th anniversary fender chevron and special paint themes.
The Ford Thunderbird went on sale Oct. 22, 1954 – starting a legend that would grow with each generation of Thunderbird cars. Since then, the flight of the Thunderbird has included classic two-seaters, cherished roadsters, convertibles and four-door models, as well as exciting hardtops and sedans – more than 1.2 million of them. We’ve seen the square look, the projectile look, the jet aircraft look and the luxury look. Yet, through the years and through the many changes, Thunderbird’s original uniqueness and individuality managed to etch itself permanently into the hearts and memories of the American motoring public.
1955-1957 Classic Birds or Little Birds
1958-1960 Square Birds
1961-1963 Bullet Birds
1964-1966 Flair Birds
1967-1971 Glamour Birds
1972-1976 Big Birds
1977-1979 Torino Birds
1980-1982 Box Birds
1983-1988 Aero Birds
1989-1997 Super Birds
More about Thunderbird history you can find on the following link (pdf):
[PIC=377:left]The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire has a new arrival in the museum – the Thunderbirds FAB 1 film car is on long-term loan to the museum from the Ford Motor Company. >> more