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Ford Thunderbird - 1958-1959
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Ford Thunderbird - 1958-1959

Ford Thunderbird - 1958-1959

Although purists never forgave ford for making the two-seat thunderbird a four-passenger car for 1958, the move made sense on the balance sheet. Production almost doubled in 1958 and soared to 67,456 for 1959. And motor trend chose the 1958 t-bird as its car of the year.

Specifications performance
Top speed of 110 mph engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8 displacement 352430 cu. In. Power rating 300350 hp transmission 3-speed manual; overdrive and 3-speed automatic optional chassis: Coil-spring suspension (1958) and front coil springs and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs (1959); Drum brakes; 3,708-3,903 lbs. price : $3,630-83,979, excluding options

About vehicle
The squarebird offered for the first time as a hardtop as well as a convertible, the all-new 1958 squarebird so called for its flat, square roofline was a full two feet longer than the 1957 model and 800 lbs. Heavier. Unitary body-frame construction allowed reduction of ground clearance to only six inches. This required a high transmission tunnel over which was laid a central console, separating the interior into four bucket seats a layout copied by other automakers. Welding of the sheet metal made t-birds so strong they later became demolition-derby favorites. colors galore characterized by side creases extending from the front and convex spears from the rear, t-bird styling changed little for 1959 except for the horizontal-bar grille that replaced 1958s chicken wire honeycomb. There were even more color combinations for 1959 18 single colors, 41 two-tone combinations and 14 interior choices, not counting seven color options for the convertible top.
Making the two-passenger ford thundebird convertible a four-seater for 1958 may not have been sporting but sales took off.


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