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Ford Thunderbird (1960)


Ford Thunderbird (1960)

It seems odd now that Ford changed the direction of the Thunderbird from its two-seater origins, when it was launched as direct competition to the Corvette. But sales dictate direction, and as evidence of how much the public liked the 1960 T-bird, it sold over twice as many cars as the 1958 model. Unitary construction was adopted in 1958 to make the car handle better, but it also featured a dropped floorpan to lower the ride height and, thus, the center of gravity. Coil springs all around gave an excellent ride quality, and although the car wasn't as sporty as the original T-birds, it was quieter and more refined. This model was the top option in its year, having the Lincoln 430ci (7-liter) cast-iron engine up front, which made the car very heavy. However, it was one of the most rapid machines of its day, which was one reason it sold well in those horsepower-hungry times.

Ford Thunderbird (1960) Specifications

Top speed:121 mph (194 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:430 ci (7,046 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:350 bhp (261 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (664 Nm) @ 3,100 rpm
Weight:4,381 lb (1,991 kg)
Economy:15.7 mpg (5.55 km/I)
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