At General Motors, there was a longtime edict that no car could be faster than the Corvette. A few models like the Buick GNX managed to sneak past that over the years, but in the 1980s Ford had a similar mandate with the Mustang. And it kept the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe from being all it could have been.
Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
In many ways, life is really about the details. You'd be surprised at the effect a tiny detail can have. A detail like leaving your insurance card in the car you gave a "redneck funeral" to and abandoned in the woods. Which is then found by some politely sarcastic hikers.
Nobody really ever sticks up for cars like the last Ford Thunderbird, the Chevrolet SSR, or the Plymouth Prowler. But OppositeLock's Jarod Rose argues that they have more merits than you might think.
Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York.
Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!
The 1955 Thunderbird was Ford's answer to the Corvette. It had less European influence, and didn't quite obtain the same racing pedigree (and the Battlebird was pretty sweet.) It also outsold the Corvette of the era, though keeps a lower profile these days.
According to a tip from a Jalopnik reader, the owner of 12 Ferraris — plus an incongruous but very cool Ford Thunderbird — also owned a real estate company that went bankrupt. Unfortunately, he had all the cars parked in a building owned by the company, so they're up for auction now.
It seems logical to think a 3910 pound vehicle with less than 200 horsepower regardless of engine choice isn't exactly a car ready to "take flight".
Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Ford downsized the Thunderbird for the '77-79 models, but they didn't downsize the glitz!
You probably remember the Police Brutality BMW M70 V12-Powered '63 Thunderbird, which suffered from some teething problems on the track. If so, you'll be pleased to know that it now sports reliable German diesel power!
We've all seen the stash of confiscated classic cars in a Green Zone garage, but what automotive treasures survive on the Iraqi street? Take a look at what Iraq-based reader Mark Trail has found for us!
By "WIN!" we don't mean "won the race," because the Police Brutality T-Bird managed only two laps at the Capitol Offense LeMons race. No, we mean that swapping a ghetto-carbed M70 V12 into a Thunderbird is the best idea ever!
Some 24 Hours of LeMons teams simply give up when faced with mechanical woes; we've seen teams load the car on the trailer after a fuel pump failure. Not so with Police Brutality!