The Ford Thunderbird was first produced between 1955 and 1997 without interruption. In total, 10 generations of the model were offered throughout these 43 years. While it was a beast at the track in the early stages, Ford decided to focus on the driving experience rather than quarter-mile times like its main competitor, the Chevrolet Corvette.
As a final hurra to the legendary model, Ford Motor Company brought a final tribute to the Thunderbird (and an attempted rebirth of the nameplate). The first concept was showcased in several car shows around the globe in 1999. The public and the media alike were hooked on the reincarnation which was enough for Ford to green-light the project.
The hype around the eleventh and final iteration of the Thunderbird was so high, that it was named Car of the Year before it even left the production facility. People even had their names on the waiting list hoping to get the call from the Blue Oval confirming they’d get their hands on the first convertible version of the T-Bird since 1957.
Although the tribute car was built alongside Lincoln’s new LS-Series, it did not mean it would share 100% of its parts with the full-size sedan. Under the hood, the Thunderbird hid a 3.8-liter V8 boasting a linear 252 horsepower. If this figure sounds common nowadays, we must remember that in the early 2000s, cars that displayed this kind of power were hovering sportscar territory. Paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox, the T-bird is able to sprint to 100 km / h in a comfortable 7 seconds, but we must remember that its intended purpose was giving its occupants an excellent level of comfort.
Was the Thunderbird a good investment, and is it still the case today?
At the time of its introduction, several Ford dealers demanded a higher amount of allocations than the one set by the manufacturer, knowing full well that they were in the presence of a future classic. 20 years after its debut, the few lucky (and smart) owners who kept their example in pristine condition as is the case for this particular vehicle saw their pride and joy give back a great return on investment. Experts agree on one fact: the value of this generation is expected to grow in the coming decades. In total, some 68,000 Ford Thunderbirds were sold between 2002 and 2005. Numerous show a few tens of thousands of kilometers of use. This particular model only has its delivery miles on the clock. Depending on wear, the long-term value of the vehicle is affected.
What makes this specific vehicle very unique is its showroom condition, delivery only miles on the odometer, and that it has never been registered. This brand new 2002 Ford Thunderbird is an incredible opportunity to seize, whether it is to be stored by its new owner or used on occasions, is expected to gain in value. Its impeccable condition guarantees it.