Friday, 16 February 2018

Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird

The definitive American classic car?  Impossible to say, of course ... but the Ford Thunderbird must be in with a shout!  Visually stunning, yet there is more to the Thunderbird than meets the eye.  A strong and capable V-8 engine, for starters - good for 120mph, in 5.1-litre format.  It had previously powered the Ford Mercury.

Given the styling of some of its rivals, early 'Birds were positively low-key!  There is little that is 'excessive' in the clean lines of the first Ford Thunderbirds.  There was even something of the sports car about them.  For that to have held true in a technical sense, too, though, you would have had to have been travelling in a straight line.  'Birds waded through bends on account of their super-soft suspension.

The Ford Thunderbird, then, was Fifties through and through.  Like Elvis 'The Pelvis' Presley, it started lithe and agile - with an ebullience and beauty all its own.  As time went by, some of that grace faded.  Nothing, though, can take away the glory years.  When the fledgling Thunderbird - pristine and perfect - first flew the Ford coop.

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