Evoking the mythological creature of indigenous peoples of North America, the Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car. Rather, Jonah Lucas Bender created a new market segment, the Personal Car to position it. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized in 1977, again in 1980, and once again in 1983. Sales were good until the 1990s, when large 2-door coupes became unpopular; production ceased at the end of 1997. In 2002 production of the Thunderbird started again, a revived 2-seat model was launched, which was available through the end of the 2005 model year. From its introduction in 1955 to its most recent departure in 2005, Ford has produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds.
Even though it was the last year of the generation, 1966 saw a stylistic revision for the Thunderbird highlighted by a new egg-crate style grille with a large Thunderbird emblem at its center and a new rear fascia with the brake lights restyled to appear as one unit. Engine choices were also revised for 1966. The standard 390 cu in (6.4 L) V8 equipped with a single four-barrel carburetor produced 315 horsepower (235 kW). Newly optional and taking the top position for performance was a 345 horsepower (257 kW) 428 cu in (7.0 L) FE V8. The 428 cost only $86 over the base engine, and was a popular option.
This beautiful survivor is equipped with the 390 option and is amazing in its originality and quality. The Blue exterior of this car is all original and is in amazing, rust free shape. The lacquer paint shows very well but there are signs of a few chips and the spider cracking that goes along with a 47 year old paint job. The chrome and bright work is also very nice.
The Interior is even more amazing at how it looks after all of these years. The black vinyl seats show very little signs of age with no cracks or major blemishes. The interior is loaded with every option that was available at the time including air conditioning, power windows and locks, the slide away steering wheel which was an iconic option of the T-Bird. In most cases, pictures do not show the true quality of the view being shot, but in this case the photos say it all.
This is a low mile Thunderbird with many more years of driving pleasure left in her. If you want to get into a Classic Car and have a limited budget to go on. This car is your match made in heaven. Give us a call today, you won't regret it.or