Ford Thunderbird

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Ford Thunderbird

1955 - 1957
Country:
USA
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
4785-5113 cc
Power:
193-212 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. man 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
177-193 km/h
Number Built:
53,166
Collectability:
4 star
Although it does not look like a sporty 2 door car, the Thunderbird was in fact designed to counter GM's Chev Corvette.

The result may not have hit the mark by today's standards, however today the car stands proud with its minimal chrome work and classic long nose with sweeping rear boot.

The 4.8 liter motor produced 200 bhp and with a top speed of 183 km/h and the standing 100 in under 10 seconds this car was even quicker than the Aston Martin of the day.

Ford did not stop there, however, increasing the engine size to 5.1 liters. Classic features included the "Continental" spare mounted on the rear boot, power soft top and even an optional hard-top.

Later models produced in the 60's are very collectable, but the 55-57 cars are almost legend.

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