Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954, the first Ford Thunderbird rolled off the line in September that same year and went on sale a month later on October 22, 1954 as a 1955 model. In the following ten days the new Ford proved to be so popular that 3,500 orders were placed for the new two-seater coupe, and although only 10,000 were planned to be built, the new Thunderbird was such a success that 16,155 were eventually produced. This 1955 Ford Thunderbird was built March 8, 1955 at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant and originally shipped to the Fargo, North Dakota area for sale. Under the hood this Thunderbird is powered by a 292ci Y-block V8 mated to a Fordomatic three-speed automatic transmission, and features Ford’s Swift Sure power brakes. Originally Torch Red, the Thunderbird has been repainted in its original color with a matching non-porthole hardtop, both of which show very well, while all the chrome is bright and free of rust or pitting. Inside, the interior has been redone in the original scheme of red and white vinyl, while the dash features all the original gauges, including a speedometer, tachometer, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, and a clock, which is not currently working. Additionally, the Thunderbird has been upgraded with a modern cruise control unit integrated into the turn signal switch for convenience. The Thunderbird rides on a set of Grand Am Radial STE 205/75R15 thin whitewall tires mounted on a set of 15-inch Kelsey Hayes chrome wire wheels with Thunderbird center caps. Overall this coupe is a wonderful example of first generation Ford Thunderbird that shows excellently and goes just as well.
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.
The Ford Thunderbird has gone through many iterations during its design and market focus.
After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public.