Returning to the roots of an original design that made a car popular has been a recipe for success for several manufacturers. Recall the styling and feel of the original but build it with the best of modern technology in the areas of comfort, convenience, safety, and efficiency. Check out this Retrobird and you will see why this final production model the legendary Thunderbird has been so popular.
The graceful curves and smooth lines of this car conjure up memories of the original 1955 model. Up front there is a chrome eggcrate grill with fog lights nestled into the bumper. The headlights have the character of the originals, but have been canted back a bit, blending more aerodynamically into the fenders instead of reaching as far forward as the original. There is a Thunderbird proudly displayed just above the grill, and a hood scoop that looks appropriately sporty. Long straight body lines run the length of the car from the Anniversary script on the front fender to the back, although it blends into smoothly curved rear fenders instead of fins on this one. The back of the car tucks in very aerodynamically, curving into the lower valence that has dual chrome exhaust tips peeking out from underneath. A black convertible roof looks great when it\'s up, but of course, pushing the button to stash it on a nice day is always fun and brings back the classic drop top sportscar look.
Open the door and you are greeted by an interior that has a classic black foundation, with red accents adding a bit of attitude. It has the perfect blend of old school craftsmanship with modern comfort and convenience features. The leather seats are a striking, comfortable, and supportive combination of black with red pleated inserts with a thigh bolster. The steering wheel is topped by red and has technology controls at your fingertips. The center console stack starts at the top with the sound system, then below it the ventilation system with its dozens of possible variations for your comfort, and finally the power roof switch and seat heaters. A really nice feature in a two-seat car is a shelf behind the seats which is big enough for personal items like groceries, or even coolers and dogs if you wish. As you grab the red shift knob for the 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, be aware that there is a button for turning off the traction control for a little extra fun if you wish.
That transmission will be handling the power from a powerful and modern, double overhead cam V8 engine that pumps 280 horsepower out of its 3.9 Liters. It has a V8 dress up kit that includes an engine topper with Thunderbird and V8 emblems proudly displayed, along with matching valve covers. It is completely stock and sits in an engine bay so neat and clean it looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. The chassis on this car is a wonderful combination of comfort and capability. The power is sent back to an independent suspension that puts the power on the ground through deceptively large 235/50ZR17 tires tucked up under those smooth fenders. Up front, rack and pinion steering working through the same 235/50ZR17 tires, help make this car the perfect combination of smooth and light handling like a sports car, with a little V8 muscle car attitude. 4-wheel disc brakes inspire confidence and insure that you can reel this baby back in if you decide to let it run.
This was the last of the breed for the Thunderbird. It\'s the best of Retro design with the best of modern tech. Come on down and check it out. Once you drive it, you may decide to drive it home and make it yours.
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