The full definitive history of Ford's iconic Thunderbird sports car from 1950s dream, through to a year-by-year analysis of the production models. The American automotive scene was changed forever when Ford launched its legendary 1955 Thunderbird. Half a century and innumerable facelifts later, the Thunderbird still manages to capture the heart of American car enthusiasts with its sporting character and bold styling. This book covers the full story of the Thunderbird, from concept, the various yearly changes, through to its demise in the 1990s and rebirth in the new millennium (and its subsequent exit from the Ford line-up), looking at the model's numerous competition exploits along the way. Written by an acclaimed motoring historian with full co-operation form the factory this is an extremely comprehensive reference. In addition, it is illustrated throughout with over 400 contemporary photographs, brochures and advertising and has a range of useful appendices meaning this is the only book on this subject you will ever need.
Table of Contents
Introduction & Acknowledgements Chapter 1 - A Brief History of Ford Chapter 2 - The First Thunderbird Chapter 3 - The Fifties Chapter 4 - The Sixties Chapter 5 - The Seventies Chapter 6 - The Eighties Chapter 7 - The Nineties Chapter 8 - A New Era Begins Appendix - Production Figures Index
Brian Long now has almost 40 books to his credit. Coming from an engineering background, he has been an enthusiast for as long as anyone can remember. His passion for sports cars and vintage machinery remains as strong as ever. Born in Coventry, England, he now lives in Chiba City with his wife, Miho, and their two children, Louis and Sophie-Mercedes. As well as a committee member for JAHFA, he is a member of the RJC in Japan, the Guild of Motoring Writers, and the Society of Automotive Historians.