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Ford Thunderbird

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Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird

Although there's been a Thunderbird in most of the Ford's lineup since 1955, the sporty two-seater convertible version only lasted until 1957.  In those first three years, it had all the style and almost the performance to match the Chevrolet Corvette.

Type:  V8
Construction:  cast-iron block and cylinder heads
Valve gear:  2 valves per cylinder operated  by a single camshaft, pushrods and rockers
Bore & Stroke:  3.74 in x 3.31 in
Displacement:  292 cubic inch
Compression Ratio:  8.1:1
Induction System:  2 or 4-barrel carb
Maximum Power:  212 bhp at 4,400 rpm
Maximum torque:  297 lb-ft at 2,700 rpm
3-speed manual with optional overdrive or 3-speed Fordomatic automatic
Separate cruciform steel chassis with steel 2-door body: choice of removable hardtop or convertible roof
Running Gear
Steering:  Power-assisted recirculating ball
Front suspension:  Double wishbone with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension:  Live axle with semi-elliptic leaf-springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes:  Drums in front and rear with optional power assistance
Wheels:   Steel 14 in dia.
Tires:  2Crossply, 7.5 in x 14 in
Length:  181.4 inches
Width:  70.3.0 inches
Height:  51.6 inches
Wheelbase:  102.0 inches
Track:  56 inches (front, rear)
Weight:  3,050 lbs.

Production Years:
1955, 1956, 1957

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