1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"SOLD
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Estimate: $50,000-$60,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $49,500

Specifications:
182bhp, 272 cu. in. V8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs and front disc brakes with rear-wheel drums. Wheelbase: 102"

More than 5,000 names were considered for the new Ford project in 1954. A young Ford car stylist, Alden “ Gib ” Biberson, won a $95 suit and an extra pair of pants from Saks Fifth Avenue for suggesting the name Thunderbird. Production of the car (designed by William P. Boyer under the direction of Franklin Q. Hershey) began on September 9, 1954, at Ford ’ s Dearborn assembly plant and generated immediate excitement.

The Ford Thunderbird was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954. The American public was so enamored with the car that when the first Thunderbird rolled off the Dearborn assembly line on October 22, 1954, more than 4,000 orders were waiting to be filled. Over 16,000 Thunderbirds were sold in the 1955 model year. Motor Trend's Detroit editor, Don McDonald wrote, “ Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the new Ford Thunderbird is the clever wedding of sports car functionalism with American standards of comfort. ” Ford had created an automobile that was perfect for the American market yet quite different from Chevrolet ’ s Corvette, the car it was intended to compete against.

The 1955 Thunderbird offered here has been owned since 1992 by a prominent Thunderbird collector who has many national show winning Thunderbirds in his collection. The car, which has 43,000 actual miles, was the recipient of a total rotisserie style restoration to concours standards, and subsequently earned AACA Senior and Grand National First Place awards.

The Thunderbird is equipped with a host of desirable options including both hard and soft tops, an automatic transmission, power steering, the engine dress-up kit, power driver ’ s seat, back-up lights, and wire basket wheel covers. Finished in its original factory color of Torch Red, it is still in near perfect condition with no signs deterioration. The interior is upholstered in white and simply immaculate. The engine bay and undercarriage, like the rest of the car, displays excellent craftsmanship and is highly detailed. While a Thunderbird is always a great addition to anyone ’ s collection, this 1955 Thunderbird is an outstanding example and as such would make a particularly fine addition to any collection.

Reference Number 11200

as of 7/13/2007

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Car 1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"
VIN P5FH110845 
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