What if the Ford Thunderbird had remained a Corvette competitor?


Ford’s first-generation Thunderbird was a, sporty, V-8-powered convertible that offered up all the style of Chevrolet’s Corvette roadster. The 1957 Thunderbird even offered a factory-supercharged 312 Y-block V-8 that was good for more than 300 horsepower, making it a threat on the dragstrip as well as any stoplight in America. Then, in 1958, the Thunderbird grew to a new, unibody midsize platform and added two rear seats, leaving the two-seat convertible market until the final four-year run of the marque, from 2002–05, and forever morphing into more of a personal luxury or grand touring coupe than a sports car.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/05/17/ford-thunderbird-remained-corvette-competitor