So everyone took those new Thunderbirds, put them away, and are now asking big money for them, right? For those of you looking for one to simply drive and enjoy (you know, like youre supposed to), this 2004 Thunderbird may be a better fit. Its beautifully preserved, but its been driven and enjoyed resulting in a very affordable price that puts you in an A-list collectable for a fraction of the price of all the others.
If youre looking for a convertible to enjoy, its hard to beat a bright red two-seater. When Ford reintroduced the Thunderbird, they knew that the things that made the originals so popular would still work today, so theres definitely a familial resemblance there. And while this one is the rare Thunderbird thats been driven and enjoyed, it has obviously not been abused and has not seen inclement weather, so it still looks fantastic. Obviously the body fit is done to factory standards since its never been apart or wrecked, and the factory paint on the Thunderbirds was actually extremely good thanks to the special dedicated assembly line that built them; obviously they could afford to take a little extra time on their halo car. Someone has taken exceptional care of this one, because it defies the past decade and looks quite fresh with a smooth finish that suggests a lot of Saturday afternoons spent buffing and waxing the paint. No, its not perfect, but the chrome bumper shines up well, the nose hasnt been sandblasted, and the shine is deep. Nice!
The black leather interior is classic and understated and works very well with the bright red paint job. Ford gave the seats a retro-looking vertical pleat that was definitely a tip-of-the-hat to the original, but nothing in the 1950s was as comfortable and well-outfitted as this car. Just about everything was standard on the Thunderbird, including power windows, seats, and locks, A/C (now with all-new components), and a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system with CD changer. This one also carries heated seats so you can extend top-down weather into the autumn months. White-faced gauges look classic and elegant, which is the Thunderbirds specialty, and the airbag cover sports a traditional Thunderbird logo with the same simulated turquoise inserts that the original wore. As with the exterior, everything remains in excellent shape, including the black power canvas convertible top and nicely finished trunk.
The Thunderbird received the same 3.9 liter V8 as the Lincoln LS, and with smooth horsepower and plenty of effortless torque, its the right choice. This was never intended to be a sports car, but instead it gathers speed without working hard and makes a subdued V8 hum that sounds right. Having proven itself over the last decade, it turns out that this engine is incredibly reliable and in this car, the ultra-clean engine runs superbly. The 5-speed automatic transmission is seamless in operation, working in harmony with the all-independent suspension to deliver that easy cruising feeling that just works. Its also quite competent, willing to hustle in the twisties and youll be relieved to feel the powerful disc brakes with ABS at all four corners, there to bail you out of trouble. Shiny chrome alloys with recent Continental radials are low-noise, high-comfort pieces that fit the car well.
So let the other guys worry about their low-mile "investments," youll be having too much fun actually driving your Thunderbird to care. Call today!