In 1955, Ford introduced
the Thunderbird convertible as its first true 'modern' personal luxury car. It was
not promoted as a sportscar, although its 2-seat configuration certainly provided
the requisite look. As with all new model years, the 1955 Ford Thunderbird was introduced
to the public in the fall of 1954, in time for the December edition of Air Trails
to publish a series of scale pencil drawings by Jefferies. The artist much have
had access to at least some level of factory drawings because of the detail in the
x-ray views; either that or he had an exceptional ability to visualize such things
based only on external observations. If you are a Thunderbird fan, then you will
appreciate these drawings.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Scale Views by Jeffries
Soon after World War II the American public rediscovered the thrill of sportscar
driving. But the fairly large group of enthusiasts had to turn to Europe to satisfy
its desire because the U. S. automobile manufacturers were not producing this type
of car. Today, however, they are doing just that, with their own designs.
The latest of this type is the Ford Thunderbird, which recently became available.
Though the rabid sports car driver may consider it somewhat "fancy" because of luxury-features,
the Thunderbird has many aspects of a true sportscar such as an extremely rigid
frame, ball-joint independent front suspension, quick steering and telescopically
adjustable steering wheel. On the luxury side it has roll-up windows, which together
with the rayon fabric top assure comfort in bad weather. Available also is a Fiberglas
hard top for those who prefer a coupe, as well as power-operated windows, four-way
power adjustable seat, and booster brakes. Instrument panel carries all standard
gauges with the addition of a 5000 rpm tachometer and sweep-second hand clock. The
Thunderbird is powered with a specially developed V-8, overhead valve engine rated
at better than 160 hp. Weight is around 3200 lbs. Body is all-steel construction.
1955 Ford Thunderbird Scale
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Posted February 10, 2013