The Ford Thunderbird debuted in 1955 as Ford’s entry into the two seat sports car created by the Chevrolet Corvette. The Thunderbird was always about style, and the clean styling, creature comforts, and V8 refinement made it a sales success. The Thunderbird was only available as a convertible, but a distinctive removeable hardtop with circular portholes was available and was a popular option.
The Ford Thunderbird was Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Corvette. But whereas the Corvette never strayed far from its two seat sports car concept, the Thunderbird would soon add a hardtop coupe version, a back seat, and even two more doors as the do-everything personal car for Ford over the years. But it always provided decent performance along with a dash of style.
1961 was the first year of the third generation Thunderbirds which featured all new exterior styling that earned it the nickname “Projectile Birds“. Chassis design was carried over, but was reworked slightly for a smoother ride and better handling. The exterior styling featured a severely pointed front “prow,” modest fins above huge renditions of Ford’s traditional round tail-lights, and softer roof contours on hardtops.
This is one gorgeous example of a great American classic, the first year of the “Projectile Birds“. Fitted to this car; a 390 cubic inch 300 HP V-8 Special engine, with a column shift Cruise-O-Matic Automatic Transmission. The exterior is finished in Violet with a Black interior and reupholstered bucket seats, rear seat remains original and shows normal wear. Options include: Pwr. Steering, Pwr. Brakes, Power-Lift Windows, 4-Way Power Driver’s Seat, working factory AM Push Button Radio, and Restored black Pwr. Soft-Top. This convertible runs and drives great, solid throughout, a classic motoring feel.
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