AJ’s Car of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird ( “Squarebird” ) Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird ( “Squarebird” ) Convertible

Car: Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The second generation Ford Thunderbird was produced for the 1958 to 1960 model years as a successor to the popular 1955-1957 two-seater. In response to Ford-conducted surveys two major changes were made to attract potential buyers: two rear seats were added and the level of luxury and features of a full-sized car were incorporated into a mid-size platform. As a result, sales soared and the new model dramatically expanded the personal luxury car market, winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1958. Over 200,000 units were produced in its three-year model run, quadruple that of the two-seater in its three-year span.

What made it famous: With more trim changes, most notably the addition of a third tail light in the rear clusters, 1960’s sales figures hit a record. A rare option in this year was a sunroof. The next generation of T-Bird used a new body style. The 1960 Ford Thunderbird represented a leap forward in automotive design and as a result will long forever remain the in the hearts of American auto lovers. Engine choices were all ohv V8’s, a 300 bhp 352 cu in, and a 350 hp, 430 ci in.

Why I would want one: Although admittedly I am more a fan of the first generation body style, the second generation was still a very stylish, although larger car.

Fun fact: Along with the 1958 Lincolns, the 1958 Thunderbird was the first Ford Motor Company vehicle designed with unibody construction.