1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"SOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $60,000-$70,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $46,750

198bhp, 292 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

In 1954 Ford ads across the country proclaimed that “ T-Day ” was coming. The “ T ” stood for Thunderbird, Ford ’ s sporty new personal car named by a Ford stylist and native of the southwest, Alden “ Gib ” Giberson.

Ford ’ s new two-seater was loaded with standard features including a powerful 198bhp, 292 cubic inch overhead valve V8 engine. As well, the Thunderbird was offered with a wide selection of factory options such as power windows, steering and brakes, an 8-tube AM radio, automatic transmission, wire wheel covers, tinted glass and more. Whereas numerous American companies had built fiberglass sports cars in the past, the Thunderbird sported an all-steel body mounted on an X-frame.

The Thunderbird styling cues were reflected throughout Ford ’ s 1955 car lineup, but the T-Bird sat much closer to the road. A firm ride made the T-Bird feel and handle like a sports car. Road testers in 1955 were able reach a top speed of 120mph and their 0-60 times ranged from as little as 8.8 seconds to 11 seconds.

This 1955 factory Goldenrod Yellow Ford Thunderbird has recently undergone a frame-off restoration. It comes equipped with both a black cloth soft and hardtop and a matching all-new yellow and black rayon interior. In addition to the standard four-way Thunderbird power seats, it comes equipped with optional power steering and power windows, an original AM radio, windshield washers and a Ford-0-Matic transmission. Other features include a tachometer and clock, wire wheel covers and wide whitewall tires. With its gleaming chrome, this Thunderbird looks as good as it did the day it left the showroom. The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was so popular, it was the first Ford to begin production in 1955 and continued being built after some of the 1956 Fords were rolling off the assembly lines. That popularity for Little ‘ Birds has never really subsided since that first production line T-Bird was unveiled on October 22, 1954 and Ford dealers took 4,000 orders.

Reference Number 10101

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"
VIN P5FH244586 
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