Striking Thunderbird with Holley 4-barrel carburetor
– 203hp from a naturally aspirated 4.8L Mercury V8
– Automatic transmission
– Body-colored hard top
– Pink exterior paintwork with white leather interior
– Original radio from the 60s
– Attractive stainless steel applications in the interior
– Sport air filter
– Whitewall tires on steel rims
– Rotor look wheel caps in chrome
– German registration + admission as historic vehicle
The American Dream “Pretty in Pink”
Starting out as a sports car in direct competition with the Chevrolet Corvette or European rivals such as Jaguar and Porsche, later becoming a “Personal Luxury Car” for classy cruising – the Ford Thunderbird was always a product of the Zeitgeist of his era. The company’s market strategists really had their eyes fixed on the market, and their strategy proved highly successful for decades.
We distinguish a total of 11 generations, from the “Classic Bird” and “Square Bird” of the 50s, via “Bullet Bird”, “Flair Bird” and “Glamour Bird” of the 1960s, “Big Bird” and “Torino Bird” of the 1970s, and “Box Bird”, “Aero Bird”, “Super Bird” of the 80s / 90s all the way to the “Retro Bird”, which from 2002 to 2005 attempted a not-so successful revival.
In the models before 1980, you’d find the enormous, thirsty V8 engines with capacities up to 7.5 litres – typically American. After years of “longer, wider, heavier” the trend was reversed, with later model Thunderbirds being lighter and sportier again.