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Posted By: John Kuvakas
Posted On: Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 12:48 PM
The exceptionally long drawn out introduction didn't help either.
We saw the car in Detriot at the NAIS show in Jan 2000. By then, it was the worst kept secret in the automotive world. It wasn't on the market until June 2001 as a 2002 model. It hit its sales goals for the first year, selling 31,000 units, but declined rapidly after that.

I think the design was rather bland, as has been mentioned. But the car was also allowed to languish with no year-to-year improvements. It died a death of attrition, much like the Lincoln LS. The LS was a great car at introduction. But the market passed it by as Lincoln allowed it to stagnate.

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Pics: ‘56 and ‘03 Thunderbird comparison by David Knight #25307
I really like the yellow on the original Bird. I love the 55 & 57. I must by Jack Dodds #25307.1
The exceptionally long drawn out introduction didn't help either. by John Kuvakas #25307.1.1
+1 agree (EOM) by Jack Dodds #25307.1.1.1
I agree with John. I was in the market for a car in 2001, and tried by David Holcombe #25307.1.1.2
They tell me the first mock ups looked alot better but Jack Nasser then Ford CEO thought it looked by Mark Millar #25307.
That Lincoln was the LS (EOM) by John Kuvakas #25307.
Same platform with Jaguar uprated and modified engines by John Quilter #25307.
I'd like to see at least one of the 55-57 TBird issued without the fender skirts. (EOM) by Jay Golan #25307.2
Early Birds by Fred Lewis #25307.2.1
Fred - Attached is a photo of my '55 Bird from the by Ken Smith #25307.2.1.1
T-Bird by Fred Lewis #25307.
Fred - Funny you should mention the Corvettes - I actually by Ken Smith #25307.
The fender skirts were standard equipment on the baby birds and by Bob Jackman #25307.2.2
+1 Agree (EOM) by Jack Dodds #25307.2.2.1
I.m not asking for all of them to be skirtless, just one model. by Jay Golan #25307.2.3

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