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
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