AJ's Car of the Day '75 Ford Thunderbird

Car: Ford Thunderbird

Year: 1975

What makes it special: The sixth generation Ford Thunderbird was a large personal luxury coupe that was produced for the 1972 to 1976 model years. This generation was the largest ever produced, weighing in at over 5,000 pounds and are the heaviest coupes ever produced by Ford aside from its Mark IV counterpart.

What made it famous: Little changed for 1975 with the exception of new luxury groups and more items added to the standard equipment list. The widely hated seatbelt alarms were dropped. 1975 had the most extensive list of standard equipment of any year Thunderbird from 1955 to 1997. Some items made standard this year were AM/FM stereo, front cornering lights, and front and rear stabilizer bars. The special editions luxury groups returned, being named copper luxury group, silver luxury group, and jade luxury group. The wide range options available changed little but four wheel disc brakes were available for the time. Power was still supplied by the b460 cu in V8 rated at 220 horsepower. Thunderbird's Base price was $7,701 with a production of 42,685. An alarm system became optional as well.

Why I would want one: Another car I felt was ugly until recently. I can appreciate the comfortable ride and it's almost over-the-top opulence in styling. A very nice cruiser.

Fun fact: In terms of styling, the sixth-generation Thunderbird would heavily influence the styling of the 1974-1976 Mercury Cougar XR7 and Ford Elite, the latter of which was replaced by the seventh-generation Thunderbird in 1977.