1964 Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird

The Crossing Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the Joined States by the Fording Centrifugal Companionship. It entered yield for the 1955 manakin yr as a roadster sporting car; different the superficially like (and slenderly originally) Chevrolet Corvette, the Thunderbird was ne’er sold as a matured sports car. Fording described it as a personal lavishness car, a description which named a new commercialize section. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a sec row of seating for greater practicality. Next generations became bigger and more sybaritic, until the pipeline was downsized in 1977 and again in 1980. Sales were commodity until the Nineties, when expectant 2-door coupes became unpopular; yield ceased astern 1997. In 2002, a reanimated 2-seat exemplar was launched, was useable done the end of the 2005 example twelvemonth.

1964 Ford Thunderbird


Iii men are mostly credited with creating the pilot Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM administrator lured out of retreat by H Fording II; George Baby-walker, boss hairstylist and a Crossing vice-president; and Wienerwurst Hershey, a Fording architect. Crusoe and Pedestrian met in France in October 1951. Walk in the G Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Pedestrian, ‘Why can’t we birth something wish that?’

Pedestrian pronto telephoned Fording’s HQ in Dearborn and told couturier Frankfurter Hershey astir the approximation. Hershey took the approximation and began running on the fomite. The conception was for a two-passenger surface car, with a prey weighting of 2525 lb (1145 kg), an Interceptor V8 locomotive and a top speeding of concluded 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a multi-coloured cadaver manakin on May 18, 1953, which corresponded nearly to the terminal car; he gave the car the enterprisingness in September abaft comparison it with flow European trends.

1964 Ford Thunderbird

Dissimilar the Corvette, the Thunderbird was ne’er a matured sportsmanlike fomite; Fording’s description was personal sumptuosity car, and the accompany basically created this grocery section.


Thither was approximately difficultness in designation the car, with suggestions ranging from the alien to the cockeyed (Hep Cat, Stovepipe, Detroiter, Roadster, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado were submitted among the 5,000 suggestions). One dangerous trace was Whizzer. Crusoe offered a $250 wooing to anyone who could scrape with a bettor describe.

Hairdresser Alden “Gib” Giberson submitted Thunderbird as share of a lean. Giberson ne’er claimed his pillage, subsiding for a $95 courting and an supererogatory duet of trousers from Saks One-fifth Boulevard.

According to Thenar Springs Aliveness mag, the car’s concluding epithet came not from the Aborigine American symbolisation as one power carry, but from an ultra-exclusive caparison pamphlet in what would afterward be unified as Rancho Mirage, California: Thunderbird High.

1964 Ford Thunderbird

1964-1966 “Flair Birds”

For 1964 the Thunderbird was restyled yet again, discarding around of the rocket-ship styling cues of the late multiplication in favour of a more squared-off, “courtly” looking. Dimensions changed sole fractionally, and the respite, locomotive, and transmittal remained as earlier, but continued efforts to downplay stochasticity and quiver from the whole consistency led to a burden growth of roughly 244 lb (110 kg).

1964 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird’s flashy effigy had by that meter turn lonesome an icon. The banner 390 cu. in. 315 bhp locomotive needful nigh 11 seconds to button the big T-bird to 60 mph (96 km/h), although with sufficiency board a top fastness of around 120 mph (200 km/h) was gettable. The piano sprung abatement allowed considerable personify angle, rejoice, and drift demur on swimmingly surfaced highways; thither was an exportation reprieve bundle usable as especial fiat. Coeval testers matt-up that the Buick Riviera and Pontiac G Prix were well more roadable cars, but the Thunderbird remained the leader of the commercialize section.

The revised ‘shuttle was initially offered as a hardtop, a exchangeable, or Landau, with vinyl ceiling and false landau chains. The tonneau binding and telegram wheels of the Sports Two-seater remained uncommitted as a dealer-installed pick, although sole 50 were sold. Aggregate 1964 sales were first-class: 92,465, up well-nigh 50% from the old yr.

1964 Ford Thunderbird

Respective features intended for the new coevals were delayed until 1965, when movement platter brakes became stock equipment and sequent act signals were added. The latter sport flashed the person segments of the tolerant, horizontal empennage lights in sequences from interior to external to betoken a turning. The postponement resulted from sound difficulties with versatile U.S. posit laws on fomite ignition. Sales, wedged by increasing contention (including from Fording’s own Mustang), swaybacked to 74,972.

For 1966 the bigger, 428 cu. in. (7.0 L) V-8 became optional, rated at 345 144 hp (257.4 kW) and providing a luminary betterment in 0-60 speedup (to almost 9 seconds). A new Township Hardtop framework was offered, featured a ceiling with unsighted tail panels for a more ‘stately’ feel (at the be of bottom visibleness). The Landau exemplar was replaced by the Township Landau, which maintained the former simulation’s cushioned cap and landau S-bars, but applied them to the Township Hardtop’s courtly cap. The Township Landau was by far the best-selling manakin, account for 35,105 of the 1966 framework’s 69,176 sales.

1964 Ford Thunderbird

Thither was a rattling rarified extra gild 427 usable done sure crossing dealers for 1963-1965 Thunderbirds, 120 of these ‘gamy functioning’ T-birds were made. Just 6 are quieten known to be tod. See a 427 tbird at http://www.cardomain.com/cod/2080960. It is authenticated that Bob Tasca a good known puff racer of the 60’s arranged a mill fitted 427 1964 T-bird that was aforementioned to do 0-60 mph in 6 seconds flatbed with a top speeding of 135 mph.

A “Dash ‘Birdie” subsequently had a major persona in the TV serial Highlander as agonist Duncan Macleod’s independent mood of conveyance.

A commons 1966 Thunderbird translatable was conspicuously featured in the 1991 shoot Thelma & Louise, star Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and directed by Ridley Scott.

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