LIMA — Ford marketing executives were genius’ when marketing the 1955 Ford Thunderbird. The Thunderbird was built in 1955 in response to Chevy’s Corvette, which had been launched two years earlier. The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was marketed as a spacious, luxury car. It was more of a sport cruiser than serious sports car. There were 16,155 1955 T-birds sold in 1955, compared to only 674 for the Corvette. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird was the most popular of all Thunderbird two seaters. There were 21,350 built. It was modified in 1957 as Ford made it six inches longer with a restyled grill, new bumper designs, improved seating, not to mention the fins. The spare tire was moved inside the trunk again. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird was the last two-seater Thunderbird made during this time, as it changed to a four-seater in 1958.
Tom Miller, of Lima, brought his 1957 Ford T-bird to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. Car enthusiasts can appreciate the styling and prominence of this beauty, as it’s in a class all its own.