The Thunderbird was launched in 1955, being Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Corvette, which was having things largely its own way in the rapidly growing market of rich young Americans who wanted a sleek and sporting car. Sales estimates for the first two years of production were far in excess of the predicted figures, trouncing the Corvette and forcing some dramatic rethinking at General Motors. Ford, however, deemed that the only modifications that needed to be made to the Thunderbird were safety features like energy absorbing instrument panel padding and safety door latches, plus practical developments that enhanced the car’s usability. This example has the standard (for 1956 only) ‘Continental’ spare wheel mounting which gave extra luggage space in the boot and the 12 volt electrics which replaced the six volt system used on the 1955 model.
This absolutely superb example in silver with a white hard top comes with turquoise interior, with leather seats and automatic gearbox. The odometer is showing just 37,000 kms and it comes with new tyres. These were the envy of many in the USA in its original heyday and this sentiment has not wavered being one of the most sought after of the “ golden era” boulevard driving sports cars of the ‘50s.
|Auction||Interclassics Maastricht January 2017|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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