Upon their first appearance in 1955, Thunderbird classic cars have been a favorite of both car buffs and regular folks alike. The very first Thunderbirds were compact sports cars that screamed speed, style and class. Four-seater designs didn’t evolve until the late 1960’s. Thunderbirds were only two-seaters between those times. This classic was built with a V8 engine and could reach top speeds of 110-120 miles per hour.
The Ford T-Bird, as it was affectionately called, came in many different colors, the most popular of which were apple red and pure white. They came to represent the entire 50’s decade all on their own, most certainly a turning point in American society.
But why are T-Birds considered “classic cars”? Probably because for most, they take us back to an innocent yet anxious age. A bygone era that was filled with angst not only in themselves, but being the McCarthy era, for the entire country as well.
Obtaining Thunderbird Classic Cars
So you want to know how you can get your hands on one of these classic beauties? Here are a few options:
-Car Clubs. Check to see if there is a local T-Bird club in your area. You’ll not only find out easily if someone is selling their Ford T-Bird, but you’ll also learn from others how to restore one.
-Car Auctions. Especially the vintage car auctions. Most of the cars at these auctions are usually in pristine condition. They can be held anywhere in the country so use the internet or even the car club to help locate one. There are local car auctions as well, a good place to find out about these is in the newspaper.
-The Internet. Craigslist, (look beyond your own city, if you’re willing to fly to the location, pick it up and drive it home), Ebay, other internet auction sites.
Evolution of Thunderbird Classic Cars
-Classic Birds. The earliest years, between 1955 and 1957. This era is also known as “Early Birds” and “Little Birds”
-Square Birds. Between the years 1958 and 1960. It was at this time the convertible was introduced.
-Bullet Birds. Between 1961 and 1963. Called bullet due to its speedy and sleek style.
-Flair Birds. Between 1964 and 1966. The T Birds at this time were designed with less speed, but more “flair.”
-Glamour Birds. Between 1967 and 1969. These T Birds are the easiest to locate and are named such because they were built more luxuriously, and the convertible top disappeared.
There is some speculation as to the original source of the name, Thunderbird. Some say the Ford Thunderbird was named for a Native American mythological creature, and there’s another, less exotic story about the classic car being named for upscale housing tract in California called Thunderbird Heights.
If you are searching for one of the Thunderbird classic cars, you will be in good company, as there are loyal owners and enthusiasts all over the globe, and reaching them is just a phone call, or mouse click away.