May 30, 2001 |
Ford Motor Co., its image tarnished by the continuing flap over the safety of its best-selling Explorer sport-utility vehicle, is preparing to hit the market with two new models intended to polish the corporate logo. One is an interpretation of a mid-20th century icon, the Ford Thunderbird, now presented as a modern two-seat cruiser that pays sleek but subdued homage to the original roadsters of 1955-57. The other is intended to become a 21st century icon for Ford's domestic luxury division.
September 26, 2000
* Neiman Marcus Group Inc. said it sold all 200 of its Limited Edition 2002 Ford Thunderbirds in about two hours, faster than any other car it has ever offered, after releasing the 2000 Christmas catalog. The upscale Chestnut Hill, Mass.-based department store chain, which sells items in its catalog ranging from a $34 pearl bracelet to a $20-million submarine, listed the new two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 convertible for $41,995. Tags, title, license and registration weren't included.
March 18, 1997 |
Grounding one of the best-known nameplates in automotive history, Ford Motor Co. announced Monday that it will stop making the Thunderbird and three other tired, slow-selling models at the end of the 1997 model year. But the fun won't end forever, as Ford insists it isn't taking the T-bird away for good. It said a revamped Thunderbird--the car celebrated by the Beach Boys in their 1960s hit "Fun, Fun, Fun"--will return someday.
November 26, 1988 |
George Watts discovered what turned out to be the first Ford Thunderbird ever made gathering dust outside a Santa Ana body shop in 1965. The convertible had sat outside for a year since the shop owner had claimed it to satisfy a debt. At this weekend's Long Beach Auto Show, the restored gem sits in a place of honor just inside the doors of the Long Beach Convention Center. Ford borrowed the 1955 version from Watts to publicize its newest T-Bird.
March 20, 1997 |
And didn't we have fun. When we were in Vietnam, my fighter-pilot buddy talked with more passion about the white 1961 Thunderbird convertible he left back home than the girl he left behind. Could be that's why the marriage crashed and burned, and 30 years later he is sometimes sleepless in Torrance--and rebuilding a second white, 1961 Thunderbird convertible. I also knew this bloke in England who considered a 1956 T-Bird his mechanical love object.
January 17, 2001 |
Bird Watching: The long-awaited 2002 Thunderbird was formally unveiled last week and, in an unusual move, Ford Motor Co. said it is taking orders for the two-seat roadster immediately, well in advance of the first deliveries this summer. The T-Bird carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $34,595.