2002 Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird

The Fording Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the Joined States by the Crossing Centrifugal Fellowship. It entered yield for the 1955 example class as a roadster gaudy car; different the superficially exchangeable (and slimly sooner) 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 arcsecond row of seating for greater practicality. Future generations became bigger and more deluxe, until the job was downsized in 1977 and again in 1980. Sales were beneficial until the Nineties, when heavy 2-door coupes became unpopular; product ceased afterward 1997. In 2002, a reanimated 2-seat simulation was launched, was useable done the end of the 2005 example yr.


Trey men are loosely credited with creating the pilot Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM administrator lured out of retreat by H Crossing II; George Zimmer, foreman styler and a Fording vice-president; and Hotdog Hershey, a Fording decorator. Crusoe and Baby-walker met in France in October 1951. Walk in the K Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Pedestrian, ‘Why can’t we let something alike that?’

2002 Ford Thunderbird

Zimmer readily telephoned Crossing’s HQ in Dearborn and told architect Postmark Hershey around the thought. Hershey took the approximation and began workings on the fomite. The construct was for a two-passenger unfold car, with a mark slant of 2525 lb (1145 kg), an Interceptor V8 locomotive and a top velocity of ended 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a multi-color cadaver manakin on May 18, 1953, which corresponded intimately to the last car; he gave the car the enterprisingness in September abaft comparison it with flow European trends.

2002 Ford Thunderbird

Dissimilar the Corvette, the Thunderbird was ne’er a matured card-playing fomite; Crossing’s description was personal sumptuosity car, and the fellowship fundamentally created this grocery section.


Thither was about trouble in appellative the car, with suggestions ranging from the alien to the absurd (Hep Cat, Topper, Detroiter, Roadster, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado were submitted among the 5,000 suggestions). One grievous prompting was Whizzer. Crusoe offered a $250 causa to anyone who could rally with a ameliorate figure.

2002 Ford Thunderbird

Styler Alden “Gib” Giberson submitted Thunderbird as parting of a inclination. Giberson ne’er claimed his award, subsidence for a $95 case and an additional duad of trousers from Saks 5th Boulevard.

According to Medallion Springs Liveliness mag, the car’s concluding figure came not from the Indigene American symbolisation as one mightiness wait, but from an ultra-exclusive lodging parcel in what would posterior be unified as Rancho Mirage, California: Thunderbird High.

2002-2005 “Retro Birds”

Still, 2002 saw a new Thunderbird launched; this Retroactive Shuttle was again a runabout and standard the manakin’s tierce Centrifugal Course Car of the Yr purity. It was besides nominative for the Northward American Car of the Class honour that twelvemonth.

2002 Ford Thunderbird

The new Thunderbird was based on the Crossing DEW chopine, divided with the Lincoln LS. It followed the late style for nostalgic recreations of passe (or “retroactive”) styling (see VW New Beetling, Chrysler PT Cruiser), existence a diversion of the 1955-1957 two-seat Thunderbird in a innovative manner. Usable lonesome as a translatable with a obliterable hardtop and, according to self-propelling author Jerry Flinty, the new Thunderbird “sour heads wheresoever it went.”

Fording expected sales of 25,000 units p.a., but were ne’er that mellow. Jerry Obdurate, authorship for Forbes cartridge on the dying of the newest Thunderbird, summed it all up by authorship, “Crossing dealers let been successful marketing 35,000-45,000 USD trucks but let footling see merchandising automobiles in the near-luxury cost reach. If thither was a selling feat by Crossing Motive, I wasn’t cognizant of it. Course, sales didn’t satisfy expectations.”

The car had been intended for launching during the 2001 modelling yr, but alternatively was delayed for a twelvemonth, credibly moistening the initial exuberance of the purchasing populace. The 40,000 USD damage tag was considered absorb, presumption the car’s reasonably median treatment and mightiness (although the treatment and ability were both commensurate with that of the master 2-seater Thunderbird).

When the car was low introduced, involve far exceeded provide, which led to Fording dealers overcharging for the car. So, when ply began to surmount ask, dealers began their common rule of “incentives” (discounting) to “movement the car off of trader heaps,” as reported in the 2004 New Car Buyers Draw, frankincense alienating archetype customers.

Though the Retroactive Raspberry torso styling ne’er changed, outside and inner colouring publicity was discrepant from class to yr. For 2002, the car was usable in hopeful red (“blowtorch red”), brilliant white-livered (“intake xanthous”), and aqua (“Thunderbird disconsolate”), all redolent of Fifties colours. Moreover, “retroactive” two-tone interiors (nigrify and the colouring co-ordinated the outside), were opposite with these outside colours.

“Rustling flannel” and “eve melanize” exteriors were besides usable in 2002, though with twinned firm gloss interiors. They proven to be the simulation for the odd eld. Origin with 2003, the two-tone “retroactive” interiors were pillaged in privilege of all-black (or over-the-counter one-color) interiors. Deceased were the vivid yellow-bellied and aqua exteriors, replaced with more low-keyed colours: “deal phantom grayish,” “defect sky amytal,” and coral. Outside and internal colours added for both the 2004 and 2005 modelling eld remained low-keyed.

2002 Ford Thunderbird

If Crossing’s tinkering with the outside/upcountry packages were intentional to advance sales, it didn’t sour, as sales continued to spill myopic of the party’s hopes. Upright 11,998 were sold in 2004. The Fording Centrifugal Caller proclaimed in Butt 2005 that the Thunderbird would again be discontinued in July of that twelvemonth, with 9,548 sold for 2005. Crossing plans to dismission a new Thunderbird old in the age to get, but an take engagement has not been specified. Interestingly decent, thither was likewise peach of a operation version from SVT, but again, Crossing distinct it wasn’t requisite. This could sustain been the deliverer of the retroactive birds notwithstanding. The archetype 55-57 Thunderbirds came with various locomotive upgrades, and was emphatically a eminent operation car of the day. Crossing made no exploit to dedicate a functioning ikon to the new Thunderbirds, and spell the V-8 in the “Retro-birds” looked near on report (280 hp, 286 ft·pound), it failed to fulfill. At hardly 3.9Liters of supplanting and a bodyweight of terminated 3700 lb, combined with kinda piteous gear prize, it made for a smell more consanguine to a prominent luxuriousness car than to a play coupe. Spell a high-pitched operation reading may not deliver protected the Thunderbird from what is leastways a impermanent extinguishing, it rattling perhaps could suffer helped sales, as these cars had a mark some them as an overpriced opulence car.

In the end 50 geezerhood, about 4.2 billion Thunderbirds deliver been sold.

2002 Ford Thunderbird

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