While visiting the 1951 Paris Motor Show, Henry Ford II saw the new Jaguar XK 120 and asked Ford’s stylist, George Walker, accompanying him: “Why can’t we also build something like this?” The designer answered without hesitation by bluffing: “But of course, we are working on something similar now”. Three years later, in 1955, the Thunderbird was introduced. Widely successful, the Thunderbird, which after 1957 became a four-seater, sold more than 4,000.000 cars during the eleven generations before its production ended in 2005. This specific car was acquired by the Museum through ‘Ebay’ auction in the USA.
Built year: 1955
Engine type / cc: V8 / 4,785cc
Engine output: 201bhp / 4,400rpm
Top speed: 178 km/h
Number produced: 16,155