1955 Ford Thunderbird
In 1953 at the Motorama display Chevrolet unveiled the Corvette which was developed due to the popularity of European sports cars. Ford decided they needed to get in the game so a year later in 1954 they premiered their first 2 seater car in over a decade at the Detroit Auto Show. Later that year in September the very first Thunderbird rolled off the line and in October went on sale. It is reported that only 10,000 Tbirds were planned to be produced but orders came in quickly bringing that number up to 16,155. In fact, 3500 orders were placed within the first 10 days of the car being available. Although the cars were built as a response to the Corvette, Ford focused more on driver comfort than speed while still wrapping it up in a sporty package. The look must have been popular because TBirds continued to be 2 seater sports cars all the way until the 11th generation in 2002 which was also one of the first modern vehicles based on a retro look that has since become a huge trend with car manufacturers. This 55 Thunderbird is a nicely maintained car that runs really well. It has been repainted in the past and sports a bright Red paint job with a nice shiny finish. It does have the fiberglass removable top that seals up nicely and is easy to remove. The fender skirts were standard equipment on these cars and although many have lost them over the years this one still wears them. The chrome on the car has a brilliant shine and all of the correct factory pieces are there. These cars look perfect with wide white wall tires so that is what you will see under all four corners wrapped around the original style wheels with spoke hubcaps.
Moving these Tbirds down the road is the longest lived of the Y Blocks which was the 292 V8. These motors were used in many Ford vehicles and continued to be used all the way into the 60's. This one runs great and doesn't have any issues. It has the factory look with Thunderbird valve covers and the correct style air cleaner. The 6 volt system is still in place but an 8 volt battery has been installed along with a 6 volt alternator. Those that have messed around with 6 volt systems before will recognize this as a very common way to improve starting. A quick disconnect was also added at the battery to help you easily avoid having it discharge should you park it for an extended amount of time. The car has a nice sound and the factory dual exhaust routed through the rear bumper guards is still in place. Paired with the motor is an automatic transmission system that moves through the gears smoothly.
The interior is completed in a two tone Red and White and everything has the stock original appearance. The upholstery is in good condition and it has lap belts in place on the power bench seat. All of the engine turned style trim is there and everything from the steering wheel to the gauges looks original and is in good shape. The engine features Red carpeting and houses a matching spare with white wall tire. It even has the factory jack instructions still taped in place!
These Thunderbirds are great cars and have the total 50's look. Being a 55 makes it a piece of history as it was the first of its kind for Ford back in the day!
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