The American dream car is back in Ford’s showrooms. The all-new 2002 Ford Thunderbird, on sale since the summer of 2001, is leading Ford’s charge of revitalizing consumer interest in cars by offering autos that not only meet their transportation needs, but also stir their emotions.
Thunderbird expresses a bold and confident feeling of freedom, delivered in the form of a dramatically designed, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered, convertible – a modern throwback to another optimistic American era.
“Seldom in automotive history has a car created as much emotional attachment as the Ford Thunderbird,” says J Mays, Ford Motor Company vice president of Design. “The car spans generations and in many ways chronicles a part of American history itself. The new Thunderbird is designed to point to the future and, at the same time, recapture the magic of an American icon.”
The boldness and confidence of Thunderbird are embraced in its design. From its egg-crate grille to rounded tail lamps, Thunderbird is dressed with the obvious visual cues that tie it to the classic cars of the past, but with a decidedly modern interpretation.
Thunderbird comes standard as a convertible, with a power-retracting cloth top and an optional hard top with classic porthole windows. The two-place interior reflects the exterior design by celebrating the car’s romantic heritage and combining bold style with the comfort and convenience today’s customers demand.
Thunderbird is in a class by itself as a 107.2-inch wheelbase rear-wheel drive roadster with a smooth, strong-pulling 3.9-liter V-8 engine. Ride and handling are specially tuned to match the vehicle’s elegantly sporting design, and structural braces beneath the car enhance the chassis rigidity, giving the roadster world-class driving dynamics.
Ford Thunderbirds is equipped with a smooth-turning, all-aluminum 3.9-liter DOHC V-8. The engine produces an estimated 252 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and peak torque of 267 ft. lbs. at 4,300 rpm and uses a new generation powertrain electronic controller (PTEC).
The engine was designed along with a specially engineered close-ratio, five-speed automatic transmission that provides performance and efficiency along with minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
Sources: Ford press; RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel