The jet-aged inspired look of the 1961-’63 “Bullet ‘Birds” remains quite radical to this day. I mean, who in their right mind still doesn’t go “wow” whenever the back end of one of these dramatic machines comes into view? The 1964-’66 models are equally stylish in their own way, especially the Landau versions with their little extra dash of classiness. And unlike many enthusiasts, I sincerely believe that the 1967-’69 Thunderbirds are without question matchless in their styling, as unique as any car ever made. I’ve been wanting to own one ever since I first saw a brand-new gold four-door model parked on the streets in Brooklyn back in 1967, and still hope to someday.
While the shape of the Squarebirds may appear to be a little bulky and somewhat awkward from some angles, once you get beyond that and start seeing all the not-so-subtle styling contours as their own objects, you will quickly appreciate the car as a sculptural masterpiece of Fifties Detroit design.
Clearly Ford’s advertising for “America’s most individual car” was spot on when they stated: “New Ford Thunderbird seats four—now it’s twice the fun to own one!”
Article courtesy of Hemmings, written by Richard Lentinello.