2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
2003 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Ford began its development of the Thunderbird in the years following World War II, during which American servicemen had the opportunity to observe sleek European sports cars. General Motors built the first American sports car: the Chevrolet Corvette, released in 1953. The undeniably sleek Corvette's initial engine performance was relatively underwhelming, but it was gaining lots of attention from the press and public, and Ford was motivated to respond, rushing the Thunderbird to the market in 1955. The 1955 Thunderbird was an immediate hit, selling more than 14,000 that year (compared to just 700 Corvettes). The success of the Thunderbird led Chevrolet to continue production of (and improve upon) the Corvette, which soon became a tough competitor in the sports car market.
This retro-themed two-seat Thunderbird shares platforms and components with the Lincoln LS sedan, but comes wrapped in styling that's straight out of the mid-1950s. It comes only as a convertible, but an optional hardtop is offered for when the weather turns foul, and this car has it. Bathed in Torch Red, the 2003 form of a 2-owner car.
Torch Red with matching hardtop installed, all in fine condition with just a few dents and dings, but relatively minor in consideration of overall condition. Grille, all chrome, and mechanicals, (door handles, trunk actuator etc) are all functioning and looking great as well. The hardtop has the classic porthole window in it, and is easy to remove and put back on, although you'll need a duo to do said task. Overall design harkens back to the early birds, with the use of the front quarter venting, similar shaped front grille, and rear round taillights but gone are the jet age turbine looking lights. The black canvas convertible top works perfectly and is power actuated. This top has a glass rear window, and the consigner stated when caught out in the rain the top is solid and leak free. Chrome wheels are on all 4 corners.
Two tone black with red tuck and roll insert all leather bucket seats make up the small but comfy passenger compartment. Luxurious black carpet covers the flooring and rear deck behind the seating. Dash contains white analog instrumentation, with a digital mileage/trip meters. A 6-disc CD player as well as an AM/FM stereo radio are molded into the center vertical console. 9 speakers for your listening pleasure are peppered about the cabin so the stereo sounds great even with the top down! An automatic transmission shift lever topped with a red retro knob sits between the driver and passenger. All interior surfaces are immaculate, and unmarried, with the driver's seat showing just a little wear. The seats are power and heated.
A 280 horsepower, 3.9-liter V-8 EFI engine drives the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is a select shift version so you can shift in automatic mode or just let the car do it for you. On the back is a 3.58 conventional axle. Dual exhaust, and other typical mechanicals are all pristine, as well as engine compartment. Noted items of extra rarity are the custom T bird emblems on the engine cam covers, and a Chief Engineer of the retro build, Nancy Gioia has her signature inside. (A photo of this event is along with the car).
With its factory red overspray still evident on the tank, this car has been pampered as to being in foul weather. Slight corrosion on some aluminum parts but solid unibody construction, floorpans and rockers are evident. An X frame support has been added on for the convertible compensation stability. Independent suspension with McPherson struts are on all 4 corners, as are power disc brakes.
This car fires right up and runs smoothly, accelerating beautifully, shifting like you don't even feel it, and bias free panic stopping. The top works great, and the stereo is definitely a bonus even with the top down. A/C blows cold, and all convenience functions are working perfectly.
A throwback edition Thunderbird, all nicely presenting with snappy two tone interior, and beautiful exterior paint. 3 options for this car, a convertible, a soft top, and a hard topper for winter driving. Careful in the winter driving though this car has not seen that as of yet and may balk! Actually, I doubt it.
F-Ford Motor Company
H-Manual Belts, Front & Side Airbags
A-3.9L DOHC V8 280hp
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
100879-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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