The Ford Thunderbird underwent many incarnations throughout 42 years of steady manufacturing and a quick revival within the early 2000s. The T-Chicken launched in 1955 as a pure sports activities automobile, going head-to-head with the Chevrolet Corvette. It even had the higher hand in gross sales at first, worrying Common Motors executives.
Ford quickly took the Thunderbird in a unique path, making the Thunderbird bigger and extra luxurious. Initially a two-seater, the Thunderbird gained a second pair of seats with a 1958-model-year redesign and remained a four-seater from then on. Via the Sixties and Seventies, the larger ‘Birds went additional away from the unique Thunderbird’s sporty origins, with baroque styling and minimal efficiency credentials.
That modified within the Eighties when Ford launched a brand new Thunderbird that was nonetheless pretty massive (to assist distinguish it from the Mustang with which it shared an growing variety of elements) but in addition aerodynamic. This made it supreme for NASCAR, which on the time nonetheless required race vehicles to have the identical silhouette as manufacturing fashions. The Thunderbird represented Ford in NASCAR till 1997 when manufacturing of T-Chicken street vehicles ended. Ford briefly revived the Thunderbird with retro styling, however that ultimate technology solely lasted from 2002 to 2005.
Given its legacy of adjusting with the instances, certainly Ford might discover a new use for the Thunderbird title right this moment?