The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Ford Thunderbird. We make the process of selling your Ford Thunderbird quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Thunderbird was built by the American automaker Ford between the years of 1955 and 2005. Its name came from a mythical bird of Native American lore. There were eleven different model generations over the course of the Thunderbird lifespan.
The Thunderbird was first introduced in 1955 as a sporty 2-door convertible car. As with many other model names, it went on to included other body types, like 2-door and 4-door coupes. Collectors will always cherish the mid-size 2-door coupes and convertibles the most, as they are one of the most iconic of all American sports cars.
Some of the most valuable Thunderbirds come from the 3rd generation. 1961 brought a redesign, with sleek and aerodynamic styling that gave the car a distinctive bullet-like nose with inset headlights.The new 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE V8, produces 300 horsepower (220 kW) and was fitted to a 3-speed automatic transmission. The new Thunderbird sold 73,051 for 1961.
Ford also used the Thunderbird for its NASCAR cars for many years to great success. In just a 3 year period, between 1977 and 1980, Bobby Allison won 13 races in a Thunderbird car. A Ford Thunderbird achieved the fastest lap in stock car history. At Talladega Superspeedway, it circled the track in 44.998 seconds, averaging a speed of 212.809 mph or 342.483 km/h, a record that still stands to this day.