Thursday, March 13, 2008

TBird Anthology- Part 2

The Thunderbird Anthology 1955 - Part 2

Editor's Comment: This is an early Ford presentation of the Thunderbird and the (non-Port Hole) Hardtop. Note that there is no trim on the fender-shield. Also, note the odd headlight "brow" design! The photo is one of 568 from The Thunderbird Anthology, a disc that covers the T-Birds from 1955 through 2005 with photos and information.

1955 Factory Options
Total Produced: Convertible 16,155

Standard Equipment:
292-cid Y-block V-8 engine
6-volt eIectricaI system
4O-amp generator
90 amp-hr battery
Three-speed manual transmission
Hotchkiss drive, ball-joint front suspension
5-leaf spring rear suspension
Five 6.70 x15 tubeless tires
Astra-DiaI control panel with illuminated control knobs
Parcel compartment with locking-type push-button latch
4-way illuminated starter-ignition switch
Panel courtesy light with integral switch and automatic door switches
Rear view mirror on windshield upper molding
Dual horns
Half-circle steering wheel horn ring
Glassfibre hardtop (as a running addition)

Additional Cost Options:
Full-flow oil filter
Oil bath air cleaner
4-way power seat
Swift-Sure power brakes $40
MasterGuide power steering $92
Power-Lift windows $70
I-Rest tinted safety glass $25
Fordomatic Drive $215
Overdrive $110
White sidewall tires $30
Electric clock
Cigarette lighter
Convertible fabric top $75
Special fuel and vacuum pump unit
MagicAire Heater $85
Radio $100
Rear fender shields
Full wheel covers
Simulated wire wheels
Engine dress-up kit $25
Windshield washers $10
Both tops $290 (until glass-fibre hardtop become standard equipment)

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