1957 Ford Thunderbird

Third Floor - History

Marketed as a sporty yet luxurious boulevardier, the Thunderbird was introduced in 1955 in response to the Chevrolet Corvette, which had been launched two years earlier to capture a share of the anticipated two-seat car market that never materialized. Well-equipped for the day with optional power windows, power brakes, power steering, and a removable fiberglass hard top, the 1957 Thunderbird was the last twoplace vehicle to bear the famous name until it was reintroduced by Ford in 2002, only to be discontinued again in 2005.

COLLECTION OF THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
GIFT OF HARRIET M. LUCKMAN