Are the 2002 -05 Thunderbird's a potential collectible?


What are the potential collectors values for the latest Thunderbird’s?


Good morning, I work on Hagerty’s Valuation team and have been peer reviewing Thunderbirds for our T-Bird specialist for a while now. From what we have both seen, the 02-05 Thunderbirds have not seen much activity suggesting a current or pending change occurring in values. For now, it looks like nearly any Thunderbird is a car that as long as you buy it as a fair deal, you’ll get your money back when it comes time to sell. Making a substantial profit is not guaranteed. Long term, I think that these cars will remain collectible but we cannot say what the long term investment potential is.


Thanks, I am looking at a low mileage 2004 and I was just curious about there status as collectible. I am almost 80 years old so the long term gain in value is not that important to me. lol. l plan on enjoying it every day.


I’ve been watching these and I’m impressed at how they’re holding their value so far. Most of them list between $15K-$20K. That’s a lot less than they sold for new but a lot more than most anything else from that same era and class.
I don’t know if they’re poised to take off at some point in the future but they’re not heading down. Seems like a safe buy if it’s something you like.


@k4gilmer - If your plan is to enjoy it as much as possible, it seems like you chose a good car. Go find one and enjoy the drive!


Thanks for the information.


I have a 2005 thunderbird since new and it has 163,000 miles. Body parts are almost non existence, Non OEM replacements parts do not fit properly. Some OEM parts have been rebuilt, Have to find used parts from salvage yards who have/ know the location of Tbirds (network)…Personally traveled to salvage yards and had needed parts removed as well other parts I may use in the future. Problem is Ford had a limited production and there are just not enough available.
Anyone who considering a purchase should contact me for specifics or buy two cars but both should be the exact model year and have one car as a parts car. As time goes by someone will be looking for parts.


Thanks for the reply. I think that is the problem with any collectible car that had a small number produced, but then I guess that is what makes them more collectible.


I attend 4-6 collector car auctions a year, and always see a few of these going over the block. Prices are stable - higher mileage (50k miles+) cars can regularly be found in that $15-$20k range. Lower mileage cars seem to be constantly available in the $20-$23k range. Just wait for the right one in the right color for you and enjoy it. Only caution would be if you want a driver, buy a moderate mileage, well maintained car. If you are buying a lower mileage example as a driver, beware that if you are going to put a bunch of miles on the car, you will lose some of the value come resale time. Prices seem to have bottomed out, so I would believe that downside risk is minimal. And as much as I like these cars, I don’t believe there is any big upside potential out there any time soon.


Buy what you like and can afford. Resale value or residual value is secondary to the enjoyment that you will receive driving what you like.
Maintenance is important, regardless of the condition. If parts and service are going to prove to be difficult, find something else.
There are no words to explain being stuck on the side of the road, waiting hours for a flatbed, and then finding out that there are no parts readily available for your needs.
No fun in ownership then.
Live life and enjoy yourself!


Thanks for all the good advice and here is my new toy that has 38,700 miles on it. Thanks again to all of you.


Congratulations k4gilmer :sunglasses: