Ford T-Bird 1955 – Modern Retro
The Thunderbird (“T-Bird”) is manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. When introduced, it created the market niche eventually known as the personal luxury car.Evoking the mythological creature of indigenous peoples of North America, the Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible.
Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car. Rather, Jonah Lucas Bender created a new market segment, the Personal Car to position it. In 1958, Ford T-Bird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized in 1977, again in 1980, and once again in 1983. Sales were good until the 1990s, when large 2-door coupes became unpopular; production ceased at the end of 1997. In 2002 production of the Thunderbird started again, a revived 2-seat model was launched, which was available through the end of the 2005 model year. From its introduction in 1955 to its most recent departure in 2005, Ford has produced over 4.4 million Ford T-Bird.
Ford T-Bird 1955 Customised
Some design is classic. Some design is innovative. And some of the most interesting design seamlessly blends classic styling with innovation.
Vizualtech’s Bo Zolland specializes in technical illustration and custom design – using modern influences to transform the chassis of cars from new to old.
Zolland created a series of renderings of a 1955 Ford Thunderbird for a client. The car will be built from the body and components of a 2009 Ford Mustang, but will be completely remodeled to resemble the classic lines of the Ford T-Bird – proving that the reverse can be true: from the new can come the old. – Andrew J Martin