Thunderbird by Ford
Yes indeed this car was great for cruising and in 1958 it won Its first Motortrend car of the Year Award and thus turned into the new symbol of freedom on the road.. At the drug store, Steak and Shakes, A&W's, Drive In's, Local Parks and anywhere else there was open motoring fun to be had there was not a free space for parking as everyone that owned one was out and enjoying it and life. That is until the end of the 1964-66 model when Ford dropped the convertible, (Refer: 1967-1971) and two extra doors were added in order to serve the needs of the new Suburban family that now equaled Mom, Dad, 2.5 kids and a dog. Suicide doors were all the rave and purist read Ford the Riot Act. The backlash would be felt immediately in sales and the hardtop with two extra doors would just barely get off the ground. However the sales slump of the hardtop would not last for long. Ford Continued to build and rebuild the Thunderbird about every few years making drastic changes and updates to it. In the 70's, as a symbol of Detroit Iron, the Ford Icon was about to get its third/fourth most drastic makeover (depends on how you look at it) and it was really about to come into it's own again.
In 1982 a new kind of Thunderbird was conceived that resembled absolutely nothing else on the road. The 83 Thunderchicken had hatched and was once again literally about to fly the coupe! Aerodynamics now being the order of the day the Thunderbird was urban chic, stylish and elegant. Along with that elegance also came fourth a Rooster that was, let's just say 'The Cock of the Rock!' Ford had been quietly experimenting with turbocharging the 4cylinder power-plant and decided that it was time to deploy it in the Firey Phoenix aka the New Thunderbird Turbo. (Refer: 1983-1986) Not really fast by today's standards, the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe still stood alone. Fords sales shot up 500% and went through the roof and everybody wanted one.. (Being a teenager at that time I fondly remember us renting one and taking it out of town. Everyone was nuts over the car and it turned into the best family road trips ever.. The cars new looks even after a few years still had us mesmerized. Ford however, not one to rest on its morals had another slight of hand trick up its sleeve. Having just introduced this car a little over three years ago, it had another egg in the incubator, coming up with what looked like a whole new car (Refer: 1987-1988) and for the second time in it's life span, the Boom Boom Chicken took home the award for The Car of the Year.
The next overhaul for the bird came in 1989. Again, no surprise that Ford took home the Brass Calipers once again for that new and sleeker Thunderbird design moving from turbo charging the four cylinder to now supercharging a six which made good for even more power. It also made Ford the only car company to win The Motortrend Car of the Year three years in a row. The 87 Thunderbird, the 88 Taurus, and again for the Thunderbird in 89. Another great design from the FoMoCo. But unlike Birds of the past, this one would not be changing in a few years or even have the constant updates planned. The 1989 Thunderbird would be allowed to stand on its perch until it lost it's grip, and in 1997 plummeted to Earth in a pile of feathers.
Hey... Whats that faint clucking...?
A resurrection in the works.. and what's old is suddenly new again..
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