Ford Thunderbird
1955 - 1997
2002 - 2005
Ford's answer to the Nash-Healey (1951) and Chevrolet Corvette (1953) was the Thunderbird.   1955 was the first model year for the Thunderbird, and the '55 to '57 "Birds" were two-seater, convertible, "sporty" cars that captured the hearts of many Ford fans.   However, for 1958 the car gained a back seat - and length - and weight, and the car's marketing direction would be forever changed.

Through the years the Thunderbird underwent many changes, both in its external styling and the platform on which it rode, and the car has been classified into 11 'generations' as identified in the following table.


1st Generation

The "Classic" Birds

(1955-1957)

Pictured: 1956


2nd Generation

The "Square" Birds

(1958-1960)

Pictured: 1960


3rd Generation

The "Bullet" Birds

(1961-1963)

Pictured: 1961


4th Generation

The "Flair" Birds

(1964-1966)

Pictured:
1966 red convertible
1964 white convertible


5th Generation

The "Glamor" Birds

(1967-1971)

Pictured:
1968 blue 4-door
1967 tan coupe


6th Generation

The "Big" Birds

(1972-1976)

Pictured: 1974


7th Generation

The "Torino" Birds

(1977-1979)

Pictured: 1977


8th Generation

The "Box" Birds

(1980-1982)

Pictured: 1982


9th Generation

The "Aero" Birds

(1983-1988)

Pictured: 1983


10th Generation

The "Super" Birds

(1989-1997)

Pictured: 1989 (front)
1996 (rear)


11th Generation

The "Retro" Birds

(2002-2005)

Pictured: 2002
Hardtop & Convertible


This page was developed by Herb Klug       Updated Dec 11, 2010       Contact me at herbk98@cfl.rr.com