Now it’s time for another automotive admission of guilt: my favorite Thunderbird, bar none, was the tenth generation. I’m sure this is to cause nearly as much controversy as my thoughts on the Honda CRX, but to this day I’d take a mid-90’s Super Coupe with a manual over any other T-Bird to have as my own. Second on my list would be the same generation, except a T-Bird LX with the 4.6, those awesome fan-blade wheels shod with BFG Radial T/A’s – white letters out, thank you very much!
In an earlier post, I hinted at a visit to an ancient salvage yard that was soon to be closing its doors. These two Bullet Birds were sitting side by side that day, and their days are numbered. There are few usable parts left on any of the scrapped vehicles, but there could have been with a little careful planning, oh, let’s say 40 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
(Today seems to be the day for exotic cars shot on the go. Cohort poster T-Bar-Bear caught this Mazda Cosmo in traffic, and quickly realized who was behind the wheel. Well, who else would be driving a Cosmo in that part of LA? I’ll let him tell you about his encounter)
We have actually seen him five times in parts of his very amazing car collection, driving around our neighborhood. I never have a chance to snap photos but today I did due to light traffic on the street. Read the rest of this entry »
As time goes on, fewer and fewer people remember the TV series that shared its name with our theme topic this week. I sure don’t; I was born a couple of decades after it was banished from the airwaves. What I do remember is the 2004 movie that shared its name. And unlike the original television show, this actually had some Thunderbird-related content.
Earlier this year, as we were driving south of Denver. I looked in the rear-view mirror and got more excited than normal–the reason being that I saw a very rare sight indeed. As I handed my wife my cellphone and told her to start shooting pictures, I moved over a lane to let the car pass. As it drew abreast, I realized it was a first-generation Maserati Quattroporte.
Somebody loves them some compact AMC-mobiles. Runningonfumes found this driveway full of Hornet-based cars, and quite a variety at that. A rare Concord-based AMX, what appears to be a very rare Spirit Kammback on the far left, a Gremlin, and an Eagle SX-4. But that’s not all, as the daily driver is parked curbside out front. What will it be? Read the rest of this entry »
Dealership Classic and Automotive History: 1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe and The MN-12 Platform – More Than You Might Think
During the life of the Ford Thunderbird, it dived in many varied directions and often with staggeringly different results. Through it all, it did manage to present itself as the aspirational vehicle in the Ford lineup.
John H has called for an inaugural catchup of the Melbourne Chapter of Curbside Classicists and I have seconded the motion. We will be attending the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motorshow, otherwise known as Motorclassica, on Saturday 25th, which is this Saturday, which is tomorrow Melbourne time. If you can make it, we will be meeting at the north entrance at 2pm. I will be wearing a red hat with a bellyracer and ‘DLRA’ embroidered on it. Commenter or lurker, you’re one of a discerning breed so please join us.
1987: the stock market crashed, the world’s population reached five billion, Maggie Thatcher scored term #3 in the UK, Michael Jackson released Bad, and worse, New Zealand’s relationship with the USA went down the plughole (anti-clockwise, naturally) thanks to us becoming a nuclear-free zone. There’s no truth to the rumour that NZ leaving the ANZUS pact turned it into ANUS. In the motoring world, 1987 was the year Australia’s esteemed Wheels magazine took a tru-blue dinky-di Aussie Holden Commodore to the US of A and road-tested it against the Buick Grand National, Chev Monte Carlo SS Aero, Ford Mustang GT and the subject of Curbside Classic this week, the Ford Thunderbird. Read on for how that beautiful Ford in that magazine contributed to this Kiwi kid’s automotive coming-of-age.
“I like a car I can leave out in the street all night and which will start at once in the morning and still go a hundred miles an hour when you want it to and yet give a fairly comfortable ride. I can’t be bothered with a car that needs tuning, or one that will give me a lot of trouble and expenditure.”
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was a genuine curbside classicist. Here is some of that story. Read the rest of this entry »
What is a Thunderbird? Well, it has always been, or at least attempted to be, something special. Not your usual LTD, or Custom 300, or Torino. No. Something with a bit of flair, or great comfort, or great performance. But the Ford Thunderbird, despite a great start, fell down the ’70s luxury car rabbit hole and became a slightly sportier Mark IV. But in 1983, oh man! Things were looking up.
After a brief hike in the scenic Glass House Mountains, my brother suggested we go to nearby Kilcoy to get some delicious sausage rolls and pies from their bakery. Upon arriving in this bucolic town, we happened across a sign that read “Car Show at Showgrounds.” I wasn’t expecting to see a world-class array of vehicles, thinking that it would be dominated by hot rods and maybe a few Monaros. Although it wasn’t a massive car show and it was starting to wrap up as we got there, I was very pleasantly surprised by the diversity of vehicles. This picture says it all, really: a 1962 Buick LeSabre, a 1979-82 Holden TE Gemini panel van, and a Datsun 280ZX.
(first posted 10/03/2012) Once, while working on my ’63 Galaxie, I used a cheater bar to remove a bolt. It slipped, causing me to hit my forearm on the bumper and necessitating a late-night trip to the emergency room. Using a cheater bar seemed like a good idea at the time.
Another time, when I desired a root beer float but had no vanilla ice cream, I substituted chocolate. It tasted wretched, although it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Although we like to think of ourselves as complex and multi-dimensional creatures, ultimately we all have one song to sing, one story to tell, one great love of our lives, or in the case of Lee Iaccoca, one car to build. No, that wasn’t the original 1965 Mustang; that was just the warm-up act, although the Mustang’s basic proportions clearly struck a chord with Lee.
The Mustang was a rather short-lived phenomenon, and there were bigger fish to fry, once the final recipe was found. That came along just a few years later, and once Lee saw it, he knew this was it, and spent the rest of his career building it in endless permutations. And this particular Iaccoca-mobile is arguably the most successful of them all. Read the rest of this entry »