The Ford Thunderbird is a rear wheel drive automobile which was manufactured by Ford in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. The Thunderbird created a market niche that eventually became known as the personal luxury car.
In 2002-2005, production of the Thunderbird ran again, returning to the original formula for the Thunderbird, the latest version had a two-seat coupe/convertible layout like the first-generation Thunderbird and retro-futuristic styling to match.
Why This Car Is Special
The bright red 2002 Ford Thunderbird we have at Skyway Classics was the first year made of these classics. The eleventh generation Thunderbird was built at Ford's Wixom Assembly Plant and was based on the company's DEW98 platform, which was shared with the Lincoln LS and Jaguar S-Type.
The sole engine of the Thunderbird was a Jaguar-designed AJ-30 3.9 L DOHC V8, a short-stroke variant of the Jaguar AJ-26 4.0 L V8, making 252 horsepower and 267 lb�ft of torque. The engine was paired to Ford's 5R55N 5-speed automatic transmission.
Power gets to the ground on Ford Factory Mag Wheels and performance tires as the exhaust makes a great sound as it exits out the rear thru duals and dual tips.
Though the Thunderbird's exterior styling was unique relative to its platform mates, the instrument panel, steering wheel and other trim pieces are borrowed from Lincoln LS.
It has a great retro red/black interior color package, shift knob, gauge pointers, and dash, door, and steering-wheel trim, with all power options.
The interior has high-quality materials, thoughtful color accents, retro-look gauge cluster, real aluminum trim, not aluma-look plastic. The steering column, instrumentation, and center stack are even borrowed from the LS Lincoln.
The T-Bird looks great with its black convertible top, but it even has a black painted hardtop on a stand ready to put on when you need it. You will love the look of the porthole top as it does remind you of the 50s T-Birds.
The low hood scoop and long sweeps of the fenders make for lovely scenery out the chrome-ringed and radically curved windshield.
The 2002 Ford Thunderbird we have here at Skyway Classics looks so good, from the chrome "Thunderbird" script to the rear tail lights, the Thunderbird looks dramatic.
Its appeal is as a stylish boulevardier. This is the coolest ride Ford has created since the original Mustang.
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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.