Ford’s Thunderbird heralded the arrival of the ‘personal luxury car’ segment, way back in 1954. The Detroit automaker intended it as an upscale two-seat model, but economics dictated that it offers four-seat options as well. Fondly known as the T-Bird, it was produced over ten generations from the 1955 to 1997 model years before bowing out. However, in 2002, Ford released a retro-modern T-Bird as a homage to the original, and just over 68,000 were produced in its three-year run. This model was also featured in the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, driven by Halle Berry’s character. Here’s a nice 2004 Ford Thunderbird Premium Merlot Package from our inventory that’s ideal if a T-Bird is your thing. It’s for sale by the original owner, the window sticker is available and has done just 35,000 miles.
The eleventh generation was styled by Jack Telnack and incorporated several hark-backs to the original, including the overall shape, front headlamp profile and the circular portals on the C-pillar. This 2004 Ford Thunderbird Premium Merlot Package sports a classy Merlot paintwork and the rare 80 Spoke wheels. It’s also got chrome ring trims and the premium package. The Merlot-painted hardtop is removable and can be kept at home if you desire since the car also features a Light Sand-colored convertible top and matching tonneau cover. It also has supplemental parking lamps and the premium package. The interior is done in black and saddle, and features heated driver and passenger seats, dual-zone climate control, AM/FM radio with in-dash 6CD changer and the Audiophile sound system for your listening pleasure.
This 2004 Ford Thunderbird Premium Merlot Package sits on the Ford DEW98 platform that also underpinned the Jaguar S-Type, Jaguar XF and Lincoln LS since Jaguar was a Ford brand during that period. The engine is the Jaguar AJ35 3.9L (238ci) V8, which gained variable valve timing and electronic throttle control in 2003, and more power as a result. Thus, in this car its rated to put out 280hp and 286lb.ft to the rear wheels through a Ford 5-speed automatic transmission, making it a fine cruiser that can cut a respectable dash when pressed. Disc brakes all round provide the stopping power.
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