1959 Ford Thunderbird

Here's a 1959 Ford Thunderbird in Tahitian Bronze - an original factory color that you don't come across that often. What's more is that this car has traveled only around 80,000 miles in its lifetime.

Now in the second year of their second generation, the new four-seater T-Birds were selling better than ever. Already up significantly since the two-seater days (1955-57), sales for '59 were almost twice the level of the previous year.

Thunderbird was really gaining momentum as this sales increase was was achieved with minimal changes to the '58 design. The front fenders no longer sported a "Thunderbird" script and the rear pillar now had a T-Bird emblem that formed a V-shape.

1959 T-Bird - Rear view

Rear view

The honeycomb grille had been replaced with horizontal bars. A theme that was duplicated behind the taillights. On the side of the car was a new chrome arrow, replacing the four side stripes.

Inside, the instrument panel now had white dial faces rather than black. What you see here on this car is all-original.

1959 Thunderbird Interior

Interior colors compliment the exterior perfectly

At the top of the center console sits the MagicAire heater and defroster controls - a $83 option.

Under the hood sits the original 352 cubic inch V8 that outputs 300 horsepower. This came as standard with the Thunderbird. Also standard was a 3-speed manual transmission. This car however, is fitted with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission which would have cost the original owner a further $242.

1959 Ford 352 Thunderbird Special V8

352 Thunderbird Special V8

Other power options on this car include power steering and brakes which would have cost an additional $75 and $43 respectively. 

Ford managed to sell 57,195 Thunderbird hardtops for the 1959 model year with a base price of $3,696.

This Thunderbird is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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