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The History of the Ford Thunderbird

A new kind of luxury vehicle.

The first Ford Thunderbird rolled off the production line in 1954. This sporty two-seat convertible was destined to become a favorite among Ford fans and car enthusiast alike. But despite its sporty appearance and powerful engine it was not marketed as a sports car. The Ford Thunderbird was the first in a new class of vehicle, which we’ve come to know as personal luxury cars. In the year 1958 the Thunderbird received a slight re-imagining with the addition of rear seating. As the years went on Thunderbird’s gained popularity and were produced until 1997. Many vehicles like the Dodge Dart, the Chevrolet Camaro, and the Ford Thunderbird were thought to be cars of the past, but with the turn of the new century many of these models have since been brought back into production. The most recent run of Thunderbird’s were produced from 2002-2005.

The 2002-2005 Thunderbird’s feature a layout similar to the original Thunderbird’s with two-seats and the option of being a coupe or convertible. This eleventh generation of Thunderbird’s were built at Ford’s Wixom Assembly Plant, which was also the home of the Lincoln LS and the Jaguar S-Type. To this day the Thunderbird still boasts a powerful engine, a sporty body, and an unmistakably unique appearance. Ford has produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds, and most of them are still on the road today!

Get behind the wheel of a 2002 Ford Thunderbird!

If you would like to own a Thunderbird, you’re in luck! Brevard Value Motors currently has a beautiful 2002 Thunderbird in stock in Melbourne Florida. Call or stop by to take a test drive in this unique and fun to drive vehicle.


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