The best pieces of automotive craftsmanship are sometimes produced not through actions, but rather via competitive reactions. The 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show sparked a fire at Ford, as they were forced to sit on the sidelines and watch Chevrolet roll out the Corvette. Ford punched back a year later, introducing the 1st generation T-bird. It was dubbed “a personal car of distinction.” The car marked the first step towards the evolution of personal luxury cars in the United States and sold a staggering 16,115 vehicles in 1955. This stunning 2-seater convertible is home to New York and still gleams with magnificence.
This 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible has been given a frame-off restoration, with every nut and bolt replaced during its rebuild. The car is now a beautiful gloss black, with a striking chrome front grille, distinctive chrome Thunderbird front bumper as well as chrome trim on its hood scoop. Smooth lines run across the side of the body to meet the rear fins. The back end sports a unique twin fin shape that hosts a set of circular tail lamps. Above the rear bumper sits a pair of chrome exhaust ports, giving it a Batmobile-like appearance. The look is completed with a set of whitewall tires embracing multi-spoke Ford hubcaps. Factory additions include a factory hard-top, which sits over a new soft-top roof to suit your mood. The interior restoration of this unit is truly remarkable. A black dashboard frames the stainless-steel dash panel, which still carries its original FM radio. This combination of black and silver complements the plush black and white leather seats and door panels perfectly and is finished off with a beautiful 2-spoke Ford Master Guide steering wheel. Some futuristic-for-the-time extras include power windows and a power seat.
The Thunderbird was bestowed with a fully rebuilt 292ci V8, Y-Block engine. This engine was nicknamed the ‘Thunderbird V-8’, which produced 193 bhp at 4,400 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 2,600 rpm. This car also has a wholly rebuilt powertrain as well as a 3-speed manual transmission with override. It retains its originality by being wired authentically with a 6V positive ground. Other notable features include power steering and power brakes.