Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Ford began its development of the Thunderbird in the years following World War II, during which American servicemen had the opportunity to observe sleek European sports cars. General Motors built the first American sports car: the Chevrolet Corvette, released in 1953. The undeniably sleek Corvette's initial engine performance was relatively underwhelming, but it was gaining lots of attention from the press and public, and Ford was motivated to respond, rushing the Thunderbird to the market in 1955. The 1955 Thunderbird was an immediate hit, selling more than 14,000 that year (compared to just 700 Corvettes). The success of the Thunderbird led Chevrolet to continue production of (and improve upon) the Corvette, which soon became a tough competitor in the sports car market.
This retro-themed two-seat Thunderbird shares platforms and components with the Lincoln LS sedan, but comes wrapped in styling that's straight out of the mid-1950s. It comes only as a convertible, but an optional hardtop is offered for when the weather turns foul, and this car has it. Bathed in Whisper White, with 57,281 original miles, and according to our consignor with only 691 made with Whisper White interior accenting, is slightly rarer than a James Bond edition T-Bird. Add in a set of 21 spoke chrome FoMoCo wheels, a custom touch on the door panels, chrome hood scoop bezel, and etched Thunderbird logos on the hardtop portholes make this a bird of a different feather. Lest we forget our consignor, the original owner, was in touch with a gentleman at the Ford Wixom plant who kept him abreast of each step of the car's assembly and even had our consignor come to the plant to see the car being built and meet and speak with some of the people responsible for building these cars.
Whisper White with matching hardtop installed, all in fine condition with the factory applied paint is free from rust, dents and scratches. The grille, all chrome, and mechanicals, (door handles, trunk actuator etc) are all functioning and looking great as well, and just for extra pizazz our consignor added the chrome hood scoop bezel, only found on special edition cars. The hardtop has the classic porthole windows in it etched with the Thunderbird logo and is easy to remove and put back on with two people but the purchase does include the factory tools to complete the task solo. Overall design harkens back to the early birds, with the use of the front quarter venting, similar shaped egg crate style front grille, and rear round taillights but gone are the jet age turbine looking lights. The black canvas convertible top works perfectly and is power actuated. This top has a glass rear window and only has a few spots of wear. 21 spoke chrome FoMoCo wheels, are on all 4 corners and are wrapped in like new medium width white wall radials, giving even more of a retro touch to this bird.
Two tone black with Whisper White tuck and roll insert all leather bucket seats make up the small but comfy passenger compartment. Luxurious black carpet covers the flooring and rear deck behind the seating. The dash contains white analog instrumentation, with a digital mileage/trip meters. A 6-disc CD player as well as an AM/FM stereo radio are molded into the center vertical console. 9 speakers of the Audiophile stereo system are on for your listening pleasure and are peppered about the cabin so the stereo sounds great even with the top down! An automatic transmission shift lever topped with a white retro knob sits between the driver and passenger. All interior surfaces are immaculate, and unmarried, with the driver's seat showing just a little wear. These seats are powered and heated. Custom white inserts on the all black door panels emulate wings and add a nice touch along with the brushed insert panel and molded armrest in black with the power window and lock switches.
A 280 horsepower, 3.9-liter V-8 EFI engine drives the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is a 5r55N model and you can shift in automatic mode or just let the car do it for you. On the back is a 3.58 conventional axle. All under the hood looks pristine and I couldn't get enough of the Thunderbird and V8 logos on the engine cover.
With its factory white overspray still evident on the tank, this car has been pampered and does not appear to have seen any foul weather. Slight corrosion on some aluminum parts along with typical surface rust on untreated components is evident but the unibody construction, floor pans and rockers are. An X frame support has been added on for the convertible compensation stability. Independent suspension with McPherson struts are on all 4 corners, as are power disc brakes.
This car fires right up and runs smoothly, accelerating beautifully, shifting like you don't ev
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