1959 Ford Thunderbird

2dr Coupe 8-cyl. 352cid/300hp 4bbl
$13,900 Avg. Value*

Model Overview

History of the 1958-1960 Ford Thunderbird

Purists were mad when an enlarged Thunderbird appeared in 1958 sporting a backseat, but Ford officials couldn’t have cared less; demand was soaring for the all-new “Squarebird.” Sales jumped a whopping 76 percent in 1958 to 37,892, and another 67,456 Thunderbirds followed in 1959, joined by 92,843 in 1960. 1958 saw the introduction of a hardtop model and a unitized body/frame platform similar to the construction used by Lincoln’s equally new Continental. The wheelbase increased to 113 inches, overall length went up 2 feet, and the weight jumped about a half-ton. To move this mass, Ford’s new FE-series 352 cubic-inch V-8 replaced the 312-cid Y-block. Lincoln’s even larger 430 cubic-inch V-8 became an option in 1959. A fully automatic convertible top appeared in 1959, followed by this country’s first postwar sunroof, a manually controlled hardtop option offered in 1960. The coils-spring suspension used in the rear in 1958 was traded for traditional leaf springs in 1959.

1959 Ford Thunderbird Info

  • Body Styles
  • 2dr Convertible
  • 2dr Coupe
  • Engine Types
  • 8-cyl. 430cid/350hp 4bbl
  • 8-cyl. 352cid/300hp 4bbl
  • Additional Info
  • Curb Weight: 3813 lbs.
  • Length: 205.3 in.
  • Wheel Base: 113 in.
  • Number Produced
  • 57,195

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