Conceived to challenge Chevrolet’s Corvette sports car, the iconic Thunderbird debuted in October 1954 and was one of the first models produced with Ford’s new overhead-valve V8 engine. Introduced in two-seat ‘personal car’ form, the Thunderbird was intended to appeal to image-conscious younger customers, and beat the Corvette hands down in the sales war thanks to its superior V8 engine and greater refinement.
A low, sleek two-seater, the Thunderbird offered amenities not found in the competing Chevrolet Corvette, most particularly rollup windows, offering comfort and convenience options tailored to an affluent market. Ford’s product planners hit the market dead centre and over 16,000 Thunderbirds were assembled in the 1955 model year.
This matching numbers example has been in single family ownership for over thirty years and is original in every aspect having done only 29,000 miles since leaving the Dearborn Ford factory in April 1956. Offered with an extensive history file and a current MOT.