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Cadillac’s cousin: ’57 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Let’s get right to explaining the title. The same designer, Frank Hershey, who created the tailfin for the ’48 Cadillac Series 62, was on the team that designed the original Ford Thunderbird. So we took the liberty to assigning the “cousin” status to the Thunderbird.  Of course that is where the similarity ends. This Thunderbird, the first personal luxury car, was quite different than the Cadillac. The Thunderbird was a direct response to Chevy’s Corvette and when it was introduced in ’55 it clobbered the ‘Vette in sales. Our featured ’57 Thunderbird is said to be unrestored and in original condition. And of course, it is pink. Read More


Corvette’s Savior: ’55 Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird

Ford’s marketing department determined that there was a market for a two passenger personal car, and that Ford could sell 10,000 units per year. The new sporty car would be a halo car and draw more people into dealer showrooms. First year production exceeded the forecasts. The first generation T-birds were considered instant classics, and became cultural icons used in movies, advertising, and on television. Read More