Ford “Thunderbird” – 1955
The Thunderbird series was the Ford reply to the Chevrolet Corvette; unlike the “Vette” , since the beginning of its production, it was fitted with the V8 engine, available in various horsepower levels.
While the Corvette was the sports and essential car, the Thunderbird, fitted with electrical windows and adjustable seats, offered luxury and comfort to its two passengers.
The modern body style was enhanced by the “panoramic” windshield (particularly in fashion at that time in the United States and later dropped because of the optical distortions it created) and by the rear fins that, in the following series, had much larger and exaggerated dimensions.
The bonnet convexity allowed to lodge the 4-barrel carburettor of the most powerful engine, giving 285 bhp.
The car shown in the Museum is of the series, produced from 1955 to 1957, nowadays more appreciated and sought after by the collectors, especially for its clean and compact line.
A Ford Thunderbird of 1966 is famous for the movie “Thelma & Louise”, directed by Ridley Scott in 1991.
In the movie “Grease” John Travolta played Danny Zuko, the vice leader of Thunderbirds, known as T-Birds, a group of students.