1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"SOLD
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Estimate: $45,000-$65,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $55,000

182bhp, 292 cu. in. V8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

When Ford first saw the new Corvette at the January, 1953 Motorama, Ford’s own sports car project was quickly moved to the front burner. Now considered a ‘crash program,’ Ford’s sports car took shape between February and May of 1953. A look at the design brief is interesting – it had to look like a Ford, be an open two-seater with a canvas top, maximize the use of production parts including the Interceptor V8, and have a top speed of over 100 mph.

Unlike the Corvette design, Ford placed greater emphasis on ‘personal’ than ‘sports’ car. When the Thunderbird was finally released in 1955, it was wisely equipped with glass wind-up windows, a removable hard-top and options like power brakes, steering, seats and windows – all features that helped it outsell GM’s Corvette by a ratio of 20 to 1. One could consider the fact that the Thunderbird had a stout five-liter V8 under the hood, as opposed to the Corvette’s Blue Flame Six, as an added bonus.

The 1955 Ford Thunderbird presented here finished in red with a red and white interior was the recipient of a professional body-off-the-frame rotisserie restoration done to concours quality condition with a principal adherence to factory correctness. Such a restoration would only be completed for an individual seeking top honors at a highly competitive judged event. However, after completing the restoration, instead of competing on the show circuit, the Thunderbird was entered into the McMullen Collection where it has, thanks to proper storage in a climate controlled environment, remained in extraordinary condition.

Very well equipped, the Thunderbird possesses an impressive list of options and accessories including both hard and soft tops, power steering, power brakes, four-way power seat and power windows. Additionally, there is a factory radio, heater, telescopic steering wheel, wire basket wheel covers, fender skirts with stone guards, an engine dress-up kit and an automatic transmission.

Overall, the car is very presentable; it still looks quite fresh and would be quite competitive at any LCOC or other Thunderbird friendly event.

Reference Number 8686

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1955 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"
VIN P5FH132125 
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