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Ford Thunderbird


Thunderbird
Vehicle Model

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1st Generation Ford Thunderbird (1955-1957)
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A sports coupe produced by Ford originally sold from 1955-1957 as a response to the Chevrolet Corvette, the second through tenth generations would be sporty four- and five-seat coupes known as a "personal luxury car." The eleventh generation (2002-2005) would be a return to the two-seat model, a "retro" homage to the original first generation Thunderbird.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Complete Guide to Used Cars (1995 Edition) Best Late-Model Bet in the Mid-size Car category (model years 1985-1988)

AMT created a model kit by putting an Allison diesel engine in a 1968 Thunderbird dragster, calling it the Allison Thunderland.

The Ford Thunderbird was the car of NASCAR Winston Cup (the series that would eventually become Sprint Cup) driver's champions Bill Elliott (1988) and Alan Kulwicki (1992).


The 1964 Beach Boys song Fun, Fun, Fun is inspired by a 1963 Thunderbird and the chorus ends with the line, "And she'll have fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-bird away."
The front of a third generation Thunderbird appears on the cover of the 2020 book Gospel of the Sparrow by Bernice Roysland.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Thunderbird page on 23 May 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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.

A smaller two-seater sports roadster was created at the behest of Henry Ford II in 1953 called the Vega. The completed one-off generated interest at the time, but had meager power, European looks, and a correspondingly high cost, so it never proceeded to production. The Thunderbird was similar in concept, but would be more American in style, more luxurious, and less sport-oriented.

The men and their teams generally credited with the creation of the original Thunderbird are: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM executive lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II; George Walker, chief stylist and a Ford vice-president; Frank Hershey, chief stylist for Ford Division; Bill Boyer, designer Body Development Studio who became manager of Thunderbird Studio in spring of 1955, and Bill Burnett, chief engineer. Ford Designer William P. Boyer was lead stylist on the original 1955 two-seater Thunderbird and also had a hand in designing the future series of Thunderbirds including the 30th Anniversary Edition. Hershey's participation in the creation of the Thunderbird was more administrative than artistic. Crusoe and Walker met in France in October 1951. Walking in the Grand Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, 'Why can’t we have something like that?' Some versions of the story claim that Walker replied by telling Crusoe, "oh, we're working on it"...although if anything existed at the time beyond casual dream-car sketches by members of the design staff, records of it have never come to light.

Walker promptly telephoned Ford's HQ in Dearborn and told designer Frank Hershey about the conversation with Crusoe. Hershey took the idea and began working on the vehicle. The concept was for a two-passenger open car, with a target weight of 2525 lb (1145 kg), an Interceptor V8 engine based on the forthcoming overhead-valve Ford V8 slated for 1954 model year introduction, and a top speed of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a painted clay model on May 18, 1953, which corresponded closely to the final car; he gave the car the go-ahead in September after comparing it with current European trends. After Henry Ford II returned from the Los Angeles Auto Show (Autorama) in 1953 he approved the final design concept to compete with the then new Corvette.

The name was not among the thousands proposed, including rejected options such as Apache (the original name of the P-51 Mustang), Falcon (owned by Chrysler at the time), Eagle, Tropicale, Hawaiian, and Thunderbolt. Rather, it was suggested to the designer and, in the hurry-up mood of the project, accepted. It is rumored that Jack Austen Crabbs of Davenport Iowa was the owner of the Thunderbird name. Ford acquired the name from Mr Crabbs requiring him to rename his car the "black flame". The word "thunderbird" is a reference to a legendary creature for North American indigenous people. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength.

Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California also lays claim to being the inspiration for the name of the car. Ernest Breech, a Thunderbird Country Club member, who was then chairman of Ford Motor Company was supposedly deeply involved in the creation of the Thunderbird. Breech asked the Club’s permission to name the new model after the Club and the club consented to the use of the name.


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TypeTitle
1993 Book1993 Ford Thunderbird/Mercury Cougar Service Manual by Ford Motor Company
1994 BookThunderbird: Ford's High Flier by Jay Schleifer; Crestwood House
2003 BookStandard Catalog of Thunderbird 1955-2003 by John Gunnell; Krause Publications


Images

Custom Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Car Subject:  Custom Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
View photo of Custom Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Car - 2.0MB
Custom Ford Thunderbird Model Car Subject:  Custom Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
View photo of Custom Ford Thunderbird Model Car - 2.2MB
1960 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1960 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $10,000.
View photo of 1960 Ford Thunderbird - 3.2MB
1960 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1960 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $10,000.
View photo of 1960 Ford Thunderbird - 3.4MB
1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box Subject:  AMT 1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box
Kit Number:  >K-211 61/149
View image of AMT 1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box - 4,709KB
1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box Subject:  AMT 1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box
Kit Number:  >K-211 61/149
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1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box Subject:  AMT 1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box
Kit Number:  >K-211 61/149
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1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box Subject:  AMT 1961 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit Box
Kit Number:  >K-211 61/149
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1963 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1963 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  26 September 2010
View photo of 1963 Ford Thunderbird - 2,406KB
1963 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1963 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  26 September 2010
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1963 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1963 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  26 September 2010
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1963 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1963 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  26 September 2010
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1963 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1963 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  26 September 2010
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1964 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1964 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2012
View photo of 1964 Ford Thunderbird - 3.6MB
1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
View photo of 1965 Ford Thunderbird - 471KB
1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1965 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1965 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
View photo of 1965 Ford Thunderbird - 354KB
4th Generation Ford Thunderbird Subject:  4th Generation Custom Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Tim Mossholder
Date:  17 May 2017
License:  Pexels
View photo of 4th Generation Ford Thunderbird - 1.8MB
Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Subject:  Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Attack of the Plastic
View photo of Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model - 1,971KB
Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Subject:  Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Attack of the Plastic
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Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model Subject:  Custom 1966 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Attack of the Plastic
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1967 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1967 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $7,000.
View photo of 1967 Ford Thunderbird - 3.2MB
1967 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1967 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $7,000.
View photo of 1967 Ford Thunderbird - 3.4MB
1967 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1967 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $7,000.
View photo of 1967 Ford Thunderbird - 3.1MB
1967 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1967 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $7,000.
View photo of 1967 Ford Thunderbird - 3.6MB
1967 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1967 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $7,000.
View photo of 1967 Ford Thunderbird - 3.5MB
1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
View photo of 1968 Ford Thunderbird - 5,523KB
1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
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1968 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1968 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Fatboyz Cafe Cruise Night: 2 August 2008
View photo of 1968 Ford Thunderbird - 3,213KB
Ford Thunderbird Subject:  Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  27 September 2009
View photo of Ford Thunderbird - 2,481KB
1978 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1978 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2018 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
View photo of 1978 Ford Thunderbird - 3.6MB
1978 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1978 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2018 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
View photo of 1978 Ford Thunderbird - 2.1MB
1978 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1978 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2018 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
View photo of 1978 Ford Thunderbird - 2.1MB
1978 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1978 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2018 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
View photo of 1978 Ford Thunderbird - 2.9MB
1978 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1978 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2018 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
View photo of 1978 Ford Thunderbird - 2.3MB
1979 Ford Thunderbird Heritage Subject:  1979 Ford Thunderbird Public Relations Photo
Caption:  THUNDERBIRD HERITAGE - One of Ford's most popular and prestigious nameplates, the Thunderbird has a bold new grille, redesigned taillamps and distinctive new paint finishes for 1979.  The new Thunderbird Heritage, shown here, offers top-of-the-line luxury with a long list of standard features including a formal padded-vinyl roof; exclusive monochromatic paint schemes; speed control; leather interior trim; 36-ounce cut-pile carpeting; an AM/FM stereo-search radio; power windows, locks, and six-way driver's seat; air conditioning, and adjustable tilt-wheel steering.
View photo of 1979 Ford Thunderbird Heritage - 2.7MB
1979 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1979 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  "ChiemseeMan"
Date:  July 2006
View photo of 1979 Ford Thunderbird - 321KB
1979 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  1979 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  "ChiemseeMan"
Date:  July 2006
View photo of 1979 Ford Thunderbird - 274KB
1986 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Subject:  1986 Ford Thunderbird 5.0
Photographer:  John Walczak
Date:  September 1986
View photo of 1986 Ford Thunderbird - 1,412KB
1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Engine Subject:  1987 NASCAR Ford Thunderbird Davey Allison Show Car
Photographer:  John Walczak
Date:  1987
View photo of 1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Engine - 1,274KB
1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Interior Subject:  1987 NASCAR Ford Thunderbird Davey Allison Show Car
Photographer:  John Walczak
Date:  1987
View photo of 1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Interior - 1,344KB
1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Trunk Subject:  1987 NASCAR Ford Thunderbird Davey Allison Show Car
Photographer:  John Walczak
Date:  1987
View photo of 1987 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Trunk - 1,439KB
1990 Piggly Wiggly Ford Thunderbird Model Car Subject:  Piggly Wiggly 1990 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  Not a real paint scheme.
View photo of 1990 Piggly Wiggly Ford Thunderbird Model Car - 4.0MB
1990 Piggly Wiggly Ford Thunderbird Model Car Subject:  Piggly Wiggly 1990 Ford Thunderbird Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  Not a real paint scheme.
View photo of 1990 Piggly Wiggly Ford Thunderbird Model Car - 4.1MB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,387KB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,587KB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,663KB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,429KB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,276KB
Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model Subject:  Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of Ford Thunderbird Modified Stock Car Model - 3,679KB
2002 Ford Thunderbirds Subject:  2002 Ford Thunderbirds
Photographer:  Heidi Walczak
Event:  2002 Chicago Auto Show
View photo of 2002 Ford Thunderbirds - 827KB
2002 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  Modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 2002 Ford Thunderbird - 3.9MB
2002 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  Modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 2002 Ford Thunderbird - 3.8MB
2002 Ford Thunderbird Subject:  Modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 2002 Ford Thunderbird - 3.5MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
6 October 1966NHTSA Recall 66V004004 1967 Ford Thunderbird
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
15 November 1966NHTSA Recall 66V024000 1967 Ford Thunderbird
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
22 February 1967NHTSA Recall 67V019000 1967 Ford Thunderbird
Steering:Wheel And Handle Bar
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
March 2005On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 1990 Ford Thunderbird
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,324KB - 18 pages
February 2000Veridian On-Site Air Bag Related Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Thunderbird LX
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 237KB - 12 pages
3 March 2008NHTSA Recall 08E019000 Intercontinental Auto Parts ALG 44/1, Purolator F10024, 1978-1980 Ford Bronco, 1977 Ford Country Squire, 1977-1980 Ford E-Series, 1978-1982 Ford F-Series, 1980 Ford Fairmont, 1979-1980 Ford Granada, 1977, 1979-1980 Ford LTD, 1980 Ford Mustang, 1975 Ford Pinto
1979 Ford Ranchero, 1977-1980 Ford Thunderbird, 1980 Lincoln Versailles, 1975 Mercury Bobcat, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Capri, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Colony Park, 1977-1980 Mercury Cougar, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1979-1980 Mercury Monarch, 1980 Mercury Zephyr
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


1983 Specifications

ModelTurbo Coupe
0-60 mph*9.7 seconds
80-0 mph*282 feet
Cornering Capability*0.788g
Interior Noise @ 70mph*76 dBA
*=Test conducted by Road & Track, January 1983 issue

Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Monogram 2904La Bamba Ritchie Valens '58 T-BirdRockin' Rods, 1:24 scale
Model Kit - Monogram 85-4280'58 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2 'N 1Car Show, 1:24 scale
Model Kit - AMT 30081'62 Thunderbird1:25 scale
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 18543-0910G1'63 T-Bird1998 First Editions, small scale, Metallic Teal
Gunze Sangyo Model Kit'63 Thunderbird1:32 scale
Model Kit - AMT 8042Buddy Baker Thunderbird Stock Car1:25 scale, #21 Valvoline
Model Kit - AMT 8046Dale Earnhardt Thunderbird Stock Car1:25 scale, #15 Wrangler
Model Kit - Monogram 2727Frank Iaconio's Budweiser-Motorcraft Pro-Stock T-Bird1:24 scale
Model Kit - Monogram 0761Alan Kulwicki's Quincy's ThunderbirdAK Collection, 1:24 scale, 1985-1986
Model Kit - AMT 6457Maxwell House Thunderbird1:25 scale, #22 Sterling Marlin
Model Kit - AMT 6740Coors Light Bill Elliott Ford Thunderbird1:25 scale, #9
Model Kit - AMT 8191Raybestos Thunderbird1:25 scale, #8 Jeff Burton
Model Kit - Monogram 2430#10 Tide T-Bird1:24 scale, Ricky Rudd
Model Kit - Monogram 2442McDonald's Thunderbird1:24 scale, Jimmy Spencer #27
Model Kit - Monogram 2469Bill Elliott's #94 McDonald's Thunderbat1:24 scale, Jimmy Spencer #27
Model Kit - Monogram 247810 Tide Thunderbird1:24 scale, Ricky Rudd #10
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 55040-E910 G1T-Bird StockerSmall scale, Dark Blue #4 Hot Wheels Racing
Die Cast - ActionLake Speed 1994 T-BirdPlatinum Series, 1:24 scale, Ford Quality Care #15, production 2,508
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 18088-0912Team Hot Wheels Pro Racing, small scale, #21 CitgoFord Thunderbird, 1st Edition Short Track 1997


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 November 2004Cherokee Indians Hold New Car Raffle To Raise Funds For Building Historical Museum In GeorgiaGeorgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee
18 February 2008Legendary Ford T-Bird, TheRonald Firquain
23 September 2012Spotted - 1961 Ford Thunderbird and 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


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