Pick of the Day: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black
The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black

Less than a year after the death of Frank Sinatra in 1998, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary crooner drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.

Two-seater Thunderbirds, made for just three years in 1955-57, were just beginning to fade after many years as popular staples of the collector car world. But this one was special enough that it sold for more than $160,000, probably more-than four times what a non-celeb T’bird would have sold for at the time. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird

Pick of the Day
Pick of the Day, 1960 Ford Thunderbird

The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked. I’ve recently taken notice of them and can’t get over the funky futuristic styling, most notably the taillights.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Ford Thunderbird

The Ford Thunderbird embodies the look of mid-century Jet Age design
The Ford Thunderbird embodies the look of mid-century Jet Age design

The Ford Thunderbird has gone through many iterations during its design and market focus. The original two-seater ’55-’57 cars were very much personal-luxury GTs, and the second and third generations were more family-car oriented, flashy yet able to carry four people.

While I am recently converted fan of the first-generation T’birds, I have never been fond of the so-called square birds or the bullet birds that came after. Strangely, the Thunderbirds that I like the best are the Jet Age-inspired fifth generation Thunderbirds that came after. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1955 Ford Thunderbird custom convertible

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1955 Ford Thunderbird custom convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 1st in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public. At the time, he had begun to hear rumors that Chevrolet had the same idea and had already begun working on a concept that was made of a new lightweight material.

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Pick of the Day: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster

The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was turned into a two seater via a fiberglass tonneau.
The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was turned into a two seater via a fiberglass tonneau.

After Ford reinvented the Thunderbird as a four-seat luxury car for 1958, some still pined for the trim, exclusive, two-seat sports car that Thunderbird was when introduced in 1955. Four years later and voilà! The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was created by installing a massive, sculpted tonneau made of fiberglass to cover the rear seats and effectively turn the Thunderbird back into a two seater. Kind of, anyway.

The Pick of the Day, a 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster, was to some enthusiasts a gorgeously streamlined expression of graceful extravagance. To others, the Roadster looked just plain whacky. Continue reading

Mecum reports righteous sale in Southern California

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Once again, a modern Ford GT sports coupe led the bidding at a Mecum auction, this time a red-and-white 2005 example that hammered for $270,000 at the Anaheim, California, sale. Mecum achieved total sales from its fourth annual Southern California auction of $13,853,225 as 416 cars went to new owners.

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’59 Cadillac, ’62 Tbird to cross block at 29th McCormick sale

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1959 pink Cadillac is a Series 62 convertible

Crossing the block at the 29th McCormick Palm Springs Collector Car Auction, scheduled for November 20-22, are a pink 1959 Cadillac, a 1962 Ford Thunderbird and nearly 600 other cars ranging from Ferraris to hot rods, from muscle cars to antiques.

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E-Code Thunderbird among online auction cars

1957 E-Code Ford Thunderbird available on online auction site | Invaluable photos
1957 E-Code Ford Thunderbird available on online auction site | Invaluable photos

Five cars, including a 1957 E-Code Ford Thunderbird and a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS convertible, are part of an Antiques, Cars, Tiffany’s auction being conducted Sunday by Constantine & Pletcher through Invaluable.

Constantine & Pletcher is a Pittsburgh-based auction house specializing in estate sales. Formerly known as Artfact, Invaluable, founded in Boston in 1989, claims to be “the world’s largest online auction marketplace for fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles and estate sales.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

The 1955 Thunderbird shows ultra-low mileage on its odometer, the seller says
The 1955 Thunderbird shows ultra-low mileage on its odometer, the seller says

This is the 60th anniversary year for the fabulous 1955 Ford Thunderbird, built to compete against Chevrolet Corvette and the onslaught of popular sports cars coming from England and Italy.

This was when Ford was just coming out from behind its boxy, conservative post-war look with an array of stylishly modern automobiles. But none showed more sparkly pizzazz than the daring new two-seater Thunderbird. Continue reading