The Thunderbird (T-Bird), was an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. When introduced, it created the market niche eventually known as the personal luxury car. The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet’s new sports car. Like the Corvette, the Thunderbird had a two-seat coupé/convertible layout. Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954. The Thunderbird had features like a faux hood scoop and a 150 mph speedometer hinting a higher performance nature that other Fords didn’t possess. Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other mainstream Fords. The car’s standard 292 cu in engine (4.8 L) Y-block V8 came from Ford’s Mercury division.
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