In the early 1950s, a small team of designers at Ford Motor Company was given the green light to move forward with a bold new design. This was the result of their fantastic work.
Av Henrik Malmberg | Automotive | 2016-06-27
By the spring of 1952, the group became keenly aware that General Motors was designing a two-seat sports car of its own. The Chevrolet Corvette beat Ford to the punch when GM introduced it at the Waldorf Astoria’s Motorama in January 1953. Not until one year later, at the 20 February 1954 Detroit Auto Show, was Ford’s new entry introduced. It was called Thunderbird, and it was a “personal luxury car,” establishing a new market segment and spawning many competitors.
As a result of its clean styling, creature comforts, and V-8 engine, the Thunderbird triumphed over the early Corvette’s novel fiberglass construction, anemic six-cylinder engine, and sports car austerity. The Thunderbird trounced the Corvette in its first year of production, with 16,155 total units to the Corvette’s 700.
When this beauty rolls up to auction via RM Sotheby's the buyers gonna fight hard for it. This no ordinary american muscle car, this is an American icon.
Photos: Teddy Pieper courtesy of RM Sotheby's
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