The Thunderbird appeared a year after the Corvette and was direct competition. Ford's new two-seater had the same layout of a separate chassis with live rear axle on leaf springs, but with one important difference: it had a V8. Hie 265ci (4.3-liter) engine gave the performance people expected and a year later, a larger, 312ci (5.1-liter) unit was available. The T-bird had other advanced features such as power brakes and steering, making it a better car to drive. The car came with a glass-fibre bolt-on hardtop, but had the option of a folding convertible roof for an extra $290. At first the T-Bird carried its spare wheel above the rear fender, but Ford extended the rear for 1957, which meant it could be carried in the trunk. The extra weight put into the rear of the car also helped ride quality. Most desirable is the rare 300bhp (225kW) supercharged 1957 F-Bird, of which just 211 were made.
Ford Thunderbird (1955) Specifications
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