Ford Thunderbird EV
Back in 2021, Ford renewed the trademark for the name Thunderbird. Which immediately led to rumors of a rebirth of the classic coupe.
The Thunderbird started life in 1955 as a sporty 2 seater convertible. Which was also for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations. It became available as both a coupe and sedan for the 5th generation in 1967. By then Ford had another super popular coupe called the Mustang.
Starting with the 6th generation, it became a huge bloated 4 seater 2 door sedan more than a true coupe. The 8th generation came out in 1980 and was based on the smaller all-new Fox platform. While I think the Fox platform Mustang looked great, the Fox-based shrunk Thunderbird looked horrible.
Things changed with the 9th and 10th generations with really nice designs from Jack Telnak. Both of these generations had more European-looking clean designs. Production stopped in 1997, and an 11th generation came out in 2022 with a retro-futuristic design influenced by the very first generation. Although I think it looked great it was quite overpriced at the time, for a Ford. Production stopped again in 2005.
Is it time for another Thunderbird? The illustration above shows what an electric Ford Thunderbird could look like. Although the coupe market is practically dead these days, and something like this would be a very long shot. Chances are a Thunderbird EV would end up being some sort of an SUV. Or at least a sedan…
A sleek Thunderbird sedan… Hmm. That’s not a bad idea…