In 1955, Ford introduced the Thunderbird
convertible as its first true "modern" personal luxury car. It was not promoted
as a sports car, 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
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 Pencil Drawings
Posted July 14, 2022
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