1964 T Bird Street Rod "One Bad Bird"
A 1964 Ford T-Bird with a late model Cobra Motor in it...Been in the same
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1971 Ford Thunderbird for sale with test drive, driving sounds, and walk through video
'71 Thunderbird "7 litre" Landau, Original one owner local car, only 48,711
original miles, match #'s 429cid Thunderjet big block V-8 @360hp, C6 H.D.
automatic transmission, Ford HD 9" rear, incredible finish mostly original
( electronically verified) Raven black paint, show quality factory dash
with full gauges,show quality black bucket seat interior w/ factory
console, power disc brakes, power steering,15" stainless wheel covers with
white wall radials, detailed engine compartment with factory chalk marks,
original spare tire, cool sequential turn signals, original shop manuals,
show with the included sign or just drive this piece of history,They are
only original once.
History of the Ford Thunderbird Full Documentary
Considered a classic at the time of its introduction, the Ford Thunderbird
was debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954. The popularity of the sleek
two-seater was welcome news for the Ford Motor Company. Ford took a
calculated risk with its decision to develop a car that could compete with
the Corvette, released by Chevrolet in 1953, and it soon became clear that
Ford's research was about to pay off.
Information from a marketing study suggested that the target buyer for the
Thunderbird was middle aged, well-established in a professional career, and
relatively conservative regarding car design. Rather than radically
redesign a new sports car, Ford opted for contemporary styling. This
decision was not only in line with what Ford had learned from their
marketing study, but had the added benefit of keeping production costs for
the Little Bird low, as it shared many Ford stock parts with full sized
cars in the Ford line.
What set the classic T-Bird apart from the Corvette, as well as many of the
sports cars entering the American market from Europe, was a design that
highlighted personal luxury instead of the austere sports car styling of
the era. The Thunderbird sported roll up windows, a steel body and, taking
a leap over the six-cylinder Corvette, a 292 cubic inch V8 engine.
The V8 engine proved to be a tight squeeze for a car designed with a low
cowl height and created a clearance problem between the engine's air
cleaner and the hood. Ford's solution, a feature that would continue to be
part of the Thunderbird's design for years to come, was to add a hood
The Little Bird was only available as a convertible, either with a
collapsible soft top or removable hardtop. Sales for the introductory 1955
Thunderbird were good at 16,155.
Ford decided to retain their successful formula for 1956, and the new
Thunderbird varied little from its predecessor. Some notable changes
included more power under the hood, cooling vents in the fenders, and,
addressing a common customer complaint, more cargo space. The Continental
kit was Ford's effort to increase trunk space without changing the overall
design of the car. Moving the spare tire from the trunk to the rear bumper
did allow for more trunk space, but the kit's additional weight, which was
distributed well behind the rear axle, caused handling problems. In
addition to the handling problems it caused, the Continental kit's location
impeded access to the trunk. By 1956, Chevrolet was responding to the
T-Bird by equipping the Corvette with a V8 engine and roll up windows.
Sales for Thunderbird, at 15,631, were slightly less than the 1955 numbers
and Ford implemented some changes for 1957.
The Thunderbird received new styling for 1957 that included a front bumper
with integrated parking lights, a larger grille, and sweeping tailfins that
mirrored the points sported by its larger cousins in the Ford line-up that
year. Unable to successfully correct the issues associated with the
Continental kit, Ford returned the spare tire to a larger redesigned trunk.