Thursday, April 5, 2012

1958 Ford Thunderbird

After three years on the market, the original Ford Thunderbird gives way to a brand new car, that has very few in common with its predecessor. The new “T-Bird” is a squarish, heavy-looking vehicle designed with luxury more than performance in mind. Capacity is increased to four passengers, while the initial convertible is now joined by a hardtop coupe. Introduction is postponed to late during the model year, the car being presented to the press in January 1958 and hitting the showrooms during the following month.

Ford Thunderbird
● Introduction: January 1958. Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 5.8-litre, 300 hp, mounted at the front. Cars exported to Europe can be fitted with a V-8, 5.4-litre, 235 hp. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Three-speed automatic gearbox optional. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Servo optional. Length: 522 cm. Top speed: 195 kph. Range: two-door hardtop coupe, two-door convertible coupe (from June 1958).

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