2014 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
16

1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (LHD)

$49,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine V8, 292-cid
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Convertible
Colour Teal Blue
Interior Teal Blue & White
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

Description

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Ford's legendary Thunderbird was a sports model created by Ford to compete with the best foreign models then growing in popularity, not to mention the home-grown competition from Chevrolet's Corvette. Intended from the outset to be a personal luxury car rather than an outright racer, the Thunderbird was a compact, sleekly styled model previewed at the Detroit Motor Show in February 1954, with production commencing on October 22nd that year. Under the bonnet was a high performance version of the overhead-valve Y-block V8 engine featuring a four-barrel carburettor and dual exhausts to boost power output to nearly 200 horsepower. All Thunderbirds came with a removable fibreglass top (the distinctive porthole side windows would appear in 1956), with a folding rayon hood optional. The styling had several other neat touches, including the exhaust pipes exiting through twin bumper guards attached to the bumper bar itself, and fender skirts over the rear wheels. A ?Continental Kit?, with the spare wheel mounted externally, was optional, as were luxury features like power seats, power windows, power steering and power brakes. Inside there were four-way power seats and pushbutton doorhandles. Production of the T-Bird for 1955 ran to 15,611 examples, easily eclipsing Corvette sales for the year, and it remains one of the most instantly recognisable - not to mention collectible - American cars of the 1950s.

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