Car: Ford Thunderbird ( 312 Y-Block )
What makes it special: Ford Motor Company debuted Thunderbird February 20, 1954 at the Detroit Auto Show. The first production car went on sale in 1954 as a 1955 model, and 3,500 orders were placed in the first ten days of sale. Instead of becoming a rival to the European sports cars imported into the United States, Ford created a new completely new market segment around the Thunderbird called the "Personal luxury car." While still a performance car, Thunderbird focused more on comfort than speed.