Squarebird Prototypes, Race Cars and Oddities


1958 Thunderbird with Sunroof - This photograph and accompanying brochure documents that at least one 1958 Thunderbird was made with a Golde Top sunroof - the same type as used on the 1960 Thunderbird.

1960 Thunderbird with Factory Power Sunroof - Ford did not officially offer a power sunroof in its brochures for the 1960 Thunderbird . Golde, the supplier of the sunroofs, did make power sunroof mechanisms. Was a 1960 Thunderbird built this way from the factory? Look at the evidence and pictures and you decide.

1959 Holman-Moody Thunderbird NASCAR These modified Thunderbirds were campaigned as a separate class in 1959. One of the cars was in a photo finish in the first Daytona 500.

Thunderbird Retractable Prototype This is a rare photograph of a retractable hardtop Thunderbird from 1958 or 1959. Are you convinced?

Removable Hardtop Thunderbird This unusual 1958 Thunderbird that has been converted to have both soft and a removable hardtop. The workmanship is top notch. It is not clear when this car was customized. This car was photographed at the Atlantic City car show on February 22, 2002.

Stainless Steel 1960 Thunderbird The 1981 DeLorean DMC12 is not the first stainless steel car, not by a long shot. The first stainless steel cars were a series of six 1936 Fords made by Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Two 1960 Thunderbirds were made at the end of the run of the Squarebird body style in 1960 to commemorate the large amount of stainless steel used in these cars.

1967 Ford Thunderbird Apollo At All-ford Carlisle 2005, I had the good fortune of speaking with the owner of one of the 1967 Ford Thunderbird Apollos, E. Gene Martini. This was a customized car sold by Abecrombie and Fitch in 1967. I believe it cost $13,000 new. It had as standard equipment all the Thunderbird options for 1967 including the sunroof. In addition it had as standard equipment chromed door jambs, a fog light, an ice sensor, radio telephone, television and rear reading lights. It may have come with a 12 volt electric razor. This example is the only one built with a 390 engine. The rest were 428's.

 

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