Ford reinvented the Thunderbird in 1958, and though sales for the
first generation '55 to '57 T-birds had been strong, they really
took off with the "Square Bird," as '58 to '60 T-birds came to be
known. The four-passenger second-generation Thunderbird provided
all the luxury and convenience expected in a luxury car, but in a
smaller size than the contemporary Cadillac, Lincoln, and Imperial,
making it easier to park and maneuver.
Motivated by the powerful new 352ci V-8 Interceptor engine, the Square Birds were swift and sporty, though not high performance. Handling improved in 1959, when leaf springs returned to the rear suspension from an earlier coil spring design that did not work out in 1958 as the designers planned.
The interior of the '59 T-bird is little changed from the revolutionary design of '58 that earned Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year award. The front seats are individually adjustable, the functional center console separating the seats houses controls for the heater, radio speaker, and power windows, as well as ash trays for front and rear passengers. The padded instrument panel came standard, dressed up with polished and brushed ribbed aluminum trim. Pleated vinyl inserts and vinyl bolsters in the seats were colored to match exterior paint colors.
This 59' Thunderbird is in great condition to fly and just needs a pilot. If that's you, please call Art & Speed at (901) 850-0507. You'll be the talk of the town. Financing http://artandspeed.com/finance available.
352CI V8 Engine
Factory Rated 300 Horsepower
Fresh Blue Painted Valve Covers
Three Speed Automatic Cruise-O-Matic Transmission
Original Wiper Fluid Reservoir
Four Drum Power Brakes
215/75R14 Whitewall Tires
Turbine-Look Thunderbird Hub Caps
Spare Tire in Trunk
Fully Lined Trunk
Sparkling Bright Sandstone Metallic Finish
Very Nice Chrome Bumpers
Good Chrome Mirror and Trunk Lid Emblem
Very Nice Hood Fender Emblems and Center Front Emblem
Functional Hood Scoop
Power Tan Leather Bucket Seats Up Front
Tan Leather Bench/Bucket Hybrid Seating for Two in Back
Four Power Windows
Original Steering Wheel, Gleaming White with Jeweled Center Cap
Original Gauges in Exceptional Condition
Original Radio - Looks Shiny and New
Very Nice Gold Carpet
Thunderbird Floor Mats
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Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
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.