1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD ROADSTER When GI's who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American made version of the famed two-seater open car. The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50's and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet's new car, but chose to develop a car along a different path. It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette's Blue Flame Six"; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette's snap on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era. This Magnificent Southern Estate Classic is finished in Prized Thunderbird Blue with Turquois & White Interior. It underwent a Professional Award Winning Restoration, including Exterior, Interior, Brightwork, Top, & Mechanics. Investment Exceeds $66K. Included, is a Portfolio of Documentation/Receipts. It comes with Every Available Option: Ford Automatic Transmission Floor mounted Locking Button Shift Selector Low and Drive Range Master Guide Power Steering Sure Swift Power Brakes Power Window Lifts Four Way Power Seat Astra-Dial Full Instrumentation Panel Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel o Fully Adjustable Full Instrumentation (All Functional) Factory Tachometer Directional Signals Magicaire Heating and Defrost System Delux Town and Country Power Radio AM-FM-CD Sound System Remote Controller Blue Tooth Discreetly Located in Glove Box Electric Clock (Functional) Cigar Lighter (unused) Tinted Windows Colonial White Hardtop Fully Disappearing Soft Top Backup Lamps Chrome Side View Mirror Rear Fender Shields Rear Fender Skirts Chrome "Eye Brows" on Headlamp Covers Wide Whitewall Radial Tires Goodyear 670/15 "Ford" Scripted Wheel Covers "THUNDERBIRD SPECIAL" V-8 Engine Carburetor Upgraded for Reliability & Touring 292 Cubic Inch Displacement 193 Horsepower 8.1:1 Compression Ratio 3.75 X 3.30 Inch Bore & Stroke Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust System Through Rear Bumper Ports Chrome Engine Dress Up Kit 12 Volt Electrical System Significant Improved Reliability for Touring Full - Flow Oil Filter Trunk Jack 102 Inch Wheelbase 185 Inch Length 2837 lb. Weight 71 Inch Width Thunderbird Blue (Turquoise) Code "T" Exterior, "C" Interior Highly Detailed Engine Compartment Show Quality Original Owner's Manual T'Bird Scripted Floor Mats Consistent Trophy Winner at Local Shows Included is a Painting of '55 created by Artist for Owner In 1955, driving a Thunderbird immediately became the cool thing to do. It was considered "A Personal Car of Distinction." It was a hit with Hollywood Celebrities, the Country Club Set, and Urban Singles. The Popularity of the T'Bird forced Chevy to make changes to the Corvette to make it more luxurious, more powerful, and thus more appealing to a larger group of people. The T'Bird was a Sporty Car, a Boulevard Cruiser, a Luxury Car, a Personal Car. It "Sparked a Passion in America" that lives on to this day! This Magnificent Rare Thunderbird in Prized Thunderbird Blue with Turquois & White Interior, with every option $ could buy, is an Absolute Pleasure to Drive, and garners all the "oohs and aahs" anytime out. Please examine the Show Quality Engine Compartment. Many "Baby Bird" aficionados consider the "55" to be the "First, Most Beautiful, and Most Desirable of the "Baby Birds" of the era. It is Absolutely Excellent Throughout
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