1959 Ford Thunderbird

Here's a 1959 Ford Thunderbird in Casino Cream - it's got 78,000 miles on the odometer and an engine option that you don't see as often as the standard 352.

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.

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 430 cubic inch V8 that outputs 350 horsepower and was a much rarer option than the standard 352 that came with the Thunderbird. This is paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission and would have cost the original owner a further $419 on the purchase price.

1959 Ford 430 Thunderbird Special V8

352 Thunderbird Special V8

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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