1962 Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird

The Crossing Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the Joined States by the Fording Drive Society. It entered output for the 1955 exemplar twelvemonth as a roadster flashy car; different the superficially interchangeable (and slimly originally) Chevrolet Corvette, the Thunderbird was ne’er sold as a matured sports car. Crossing described it as a personal luxuriousness car, a description which named a new commercialise section. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a s row of seating for greater practicality. Future generations became bigger and more voluptuary, until the occupation was downsized in 1977 and again in 1980. Sales were beneficial until the Nineties, when prominent 2-door coupes became unpopular; product ceased abaft 1997. In 2002, a reanimated 2-seat modeling was launched, was usable done the end of the 2005 framework yr.


3 men are mostly credited with creating the archetype Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM administrator lured out of retreat by H Fording II; George Footer, headman hairstylist and a Crossing vice-president; and Wiener Hershey, a Fording couturier. Crusoe and Zimmer met in France in October 1951. Walk in the Thou Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Go-cart, ‘Why can’t we bear something wish that?’

1962 Ford Thunderbird

Pedestrian quick telephoned Crossing’s HQ in Dearborn and told decorator Frankfurter Hershey around the theme. Hershey took the mind and began workings on the fomite. The construct was for a two-passenger clear car, with a aim burthen of 2525 lb (1145 kg), an Interceptor V8 locomotive and a top swiftness of concluded 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a motley cadaver exemplar on May 18, 1953, which corresponded nearly to the net car; he gave the car the enterprisingness in September later comparison it with stream European trends.

1962 Ford Thunderbird

Different the Corvette, the Thunderbird was ne’er a matured sportsmanlike fomite; Fording’s description was personal sumptuousness car, and the society fundamentally created this mart section.

1962 Ford Thunderbird


Thither was around difficultness in designation the car, with suggestions ranging from the alien to the absurd (Hep Cat, Stovepipe, Detroiter, Roadster, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado were submitted among the 5,000 suggestions). One grave proposition was Whizzer. Crusoe offered a $250 causa to anyone who could come with a amend discover.

1962 Ford Thunderbird

Styler Alden “Gib” Giberson submitted Thunderbird as function of a leaning. Giberson ne’er claimed his booty, subsidence for a $95 courtship and an spare brace of trousers from Saks 5th Boulevard.

According to Medallion Springs Sprightliness mag, the car’s last figure came not from the Indigene American symbolization as one power wait, but from an ultra-exclusive trapping pathway in what would ulterior be integrated as Rancho Mirage, California: Thunderbird High.

1962 Ford Thunderbird

1961-1963 “Bullet Birds”

1961 saw new and lots sleeker “Smoke Birdie” styling, with a pointed poke and rocket-ship lines, terminating with mate jet exhaust-like rung taillights with fins supra. Sales were hard, i.e. rather capable record-breaking 1960, at 73,051 including 10,516 convertibles. A new, bigger 390 in³ (6.4 L) FE-series V8 was the sole locomotive useable. The Thunderbird was 1961’s Indianapolis 500 footstep car, and featured conspicuously in US Chairman Bathroom F. Kennedy’s first promenade, credibly helped on by the designation of Crossing administrator Robert McNamara as Escritoire of Refutation.

1962 saw stiff yield figures of 78,011 (including 9,884 convertibles) and the entry of the Thunderbird Sports Runabout. This modeling included a tonneau binding that covered the back bum country, efficaciously transforming the car into a roadster simulation, also as Kelsey-Hayes electrify wheels and particular trimness. Contempt its sympathetic show, which earned a routine of high-profile sales, including the manakin owned by Elvis Presley, its impracticality and eminent damage led to miserable sales. The tonneau masking was uncommitted done the 1964 example class, but few were sold.

Besides introduced in 1962 was the Landau framework, with a vinyl cap and imitation S-bars on the behind pillars. This was the first of the Sixties/Seventies mode for vinyl cap treatments, and a vinyl cap was a democratic Thunderbird characteristic for the future 20 days.

1962 Ford Thunderbird

1963’s numbers were refine at 63,313. The Landau became the issue 2 example aft the stock hardtop, at 12,193 sold, patch a Express Variant “Princedom of Monaco” Landau exemplar, personalised with a brass displaying the possessor’s diagnose and the car’s modified yield figure, were special to and sold 2,000 units. They all came with peculiar tweed leather home and a rosaceous dark vinyl cushiony ceiling with Landau chains. Alone 5,913 convertibles and 455 Sports Roadsters sold, indicating a declivity in exchangeable popularity at the metre.

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