1955 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleSOLD


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Estimate: $40,000-$60,000 US

Sold: $37,400

198bhp, 292 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

According to legend, the Ford Thunderbird was conceived in a conversation between Ford Division General Manager Louis Crusoe and stylist George Walker at the Paris Salon in October 1951. Crusoe gestured toward one of the sportier automobiles and asked, “Why can’t we have something like that?” Walker quickly replied, “We have a job just like that in the works right now.” Later, Walker telephoned his aides back in Dearborn, and by the time Crusoe returned to the United States, there was indeed a “job just like that” in the works.

The Thunderbird was introduced on October 22, 1954, and quickly outsold the Corvette. While Ford projected it might sell about 10,000 Thunderbirds for 1955, total production actually reached 16,155 units, and in the process, Ford effectively created the personal luxury car market.

This 1955 Ford Thunderbird is fully documented, with just three owners from new. The original owner, David Janssen, a Hollywood actor and star of The Fugitive television series, purchased the Thunderbird new on September 16, 1955 and enjoyed it for nearly five years. Its next owner retained the car from 1960 to 1972, at which point it was purchased by the current Florida-based owner, who has always garaged, covered and trailered the car. The Thunderbird is an AACA Junior and Senior National Award winner, and its grille plaque and confirmation letter are included with its sale.

Finished in red, this handsome Thunderbird benefits from a recent restoration which, according to the current owner, remains in excellent condition throughout. The engine, transmission, and mechanicals are all in proper running order. The correct and attractive interior features red and white upholstery, red carpeting, a red padded dash and sporty engine-turned trim. Equipped for comfortable cruising, the Thunderbird includes a power seat, power steering, power brakes and an automatic transmission with overdrive. Furthermore, a tachometer, clock, AM radio and heater round out the interior package.

With 4,200 miles since restoration and complete with its original bill of sale, owner’s manual, and restoration documents, this 1955 Thunderbird is a well-sorted, show-winning example of one of the most important and iconic automobiles ever to come out of Detroit.

Reference Number 38541

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
VIN P5FH256429 
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