Debut model year for Thunderbird with same owner for 16 years(2002)
One of 16,155 Ford Thunderbirds made in 1955
292 CID Yblock V8 engine with dual exhausts
FordOMatic threespeed automatic transmission and 3.31:1 gearing
Goldenrod Yellow exterior (code V) with a black rayon canvas softtop, 57 fiberglass white hardtop and black and yellow interior (code D)
Vintage airconditioning, fourway power seats, power steering, power brakes and power windows
Continental spare tire kit
Rear fender skirts
Creating the first American personal car, Fords Thunderbird set the automotive world on its ear when it debuted. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to present this 1955 TBird. This wellequipped example was made on June 10, 1955. It was the 1,421st vehicle (including Ford passenger cars) turned out at Fords River Rouge assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan that day.It had resided with the same loving owner fr the last 16 years,since 2002. The car under went a though restoration that shows well.
Dressed in an eyepopping Goldenrod Yellow (code V), this cars paint and trim are in overall excellent condition. This hue was a midmodel year addition to the color palette, first made available in March or April 1955. Car comes with two tops, a black, rayon canvas softtop and a white fiberglass hardtop with rear side portholes from a 1957 TBird. In the rear are fender skirts over the rear wheels and a Continental spare tire kit, designed to provide more space in the trunk while adding length to the car.
The cars glass panels and lights are in excellent order while the cars bodywork is straight . The engine bay is extremely tidy and the battery appears new. The cars chrome bumpers are in very good condition.
Under the forwardhinged hood is a 292 CID Yblock V8 engine from the companys Mercury division. It has a fourbarrel carburetor and breathes via dual exhausts. Backing the engine are a FordOMatic threespeed automatic transmission and a 3.31:1 differential. Driver convenience features include an aftermarket vintage airconditioning, power steering, power brakes, fourway power seats and power windows.
This TBird rolls on wide whitewall tires surrounding steel wheels topped with factory wheel covers. The tires are in excellent shape while the wheels are in very good condition.
Inside, the car sports an interior upholstered in black and yellow (code D), which was another March 1955 introduction. This color scheme makes the interior as equally eyepopping as the exterior. The pleated black and yellow seats are in excellent order, as is the black carpeting. The yellow headliner of the hardtop looks great while the twospoke steering wheel is in excellent condition and the steering column has a threeinch telescoping mechanism. Horn and fuel gauge are inop. The inner door panels are black and yellow, echoing the rest of the interiors theme. There are minor blemishes on the inner door panels close to the rear fenders. The black instrument panel features a speedometer, tachometer and a clock, also known as the AstraDial Control Panel. Theres also an aftermarket engine temperature gauge mounted below the dash. The chrome, floormounted shifter is in excellent shape and completing the interior is a retro AM/FM stereo.
Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954 on September 9 with the car beginning sales as a 1955 model on October 22, 1954. Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time, such as single, circular headlamps and tail lamps and modest tailfins, the Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, and had features like a hood scoop and a 150mph speedometer, hinting at a higher performance nature that other Fords lacked. Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other mainstream Fords. The Thunderbirds 102inch wheelbase frame was mostly a shortened version of that used in other Fords while the cars standard 292CIDYblockV8 came from FordsMercury division.
Though inspired by, and positioned directly against, the Corvette, Ford billed the Thunderbird as apersonal car, putting a greater emphasis on the cars comfort and convenience features rather than its inherent sportiness. Ford elected to go the conventional route, eschewing the inline sixcylinder engine with triple sidedraft carburetors, twospeed automatic transmission, fiberglass body, side curtains and lack of exterior door handles that initially hobbled Corvette sales. The Thunderbird sold exceptionally well in its first year, outselling the Corvette by more than 23toone.
Convertible competition to the Thunderbird included ACs Ace, Aston Martins DB24 Mark II Drophead Coupe, AustinHealeys 100, Chevrolets Corvette, Jaguars XK140 and Morgans Plus 4 TR.
If you want a rolling conversation starter at traffic lights, a car that will turn heads wherever its parked, elicit thumbsup, smiles and honks at stop signs, stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to check out this fabulous Ford Thunderbird.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 81,233 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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