This 1999 Ford Thunderbird Prototype is a rare gem
A few days ago I told you about a sinister Ford F100 about to go under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson, now there is this, the Ford Thunderbird prototype. There is a story behind the Ford Thunderbird.
The Thunderbird was a machine that was Ford's attempt at interpretating the European luxury grand tourer for the Americans.
It was the Thunderbird that paved way for cars like the Continental Mark III. In 1992, Ford thought of reinventing the Thunderbird by giving it a new retro-futuristic style. This resurrected Thunderbird shared its platform with the Lincoln LS and the Jaguar S-Type.
This new Thunderbird was powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.9-liter V8 and the sales figure were very encouraging in the first year, but the same was not repeated the following year. After that only 70,000 modern Thunderbirds were built between 2002 and 2005. Ford got disheartened and decided to stop the production of the Thunderbird.
By looking at those slim production figures you'd be thinking that you can't possibly get your hands on one, but cars that are rarer than hen’s teeth are found on elite auctions and the Thunderbird is no exeption.
Before unveiling the 2002 production car, Ford made three prototypes of the Thunderbird and the car in question is one of those "Three" prototypes.
Even before the Ford executives had approved the design for production, this particular car was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 1999, Pebble Beach in August. Ford Thunderbird prototypes were powered by a Lincoln 4.6-liter V8 and a 5-speed automatic transmission and their wheelbase was about 1 inch longer than the regular cars.
This is your chance to get your hands on some real piece of history so run as fast as you can to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction.