When the first-gen Ford Thunderbird launched, it was aimed at competing with the Corvette but was more luxurious. The car was a two-seater and could be had with a supercharged V8 under the hood. The Thunderbird was built from 1955 until 1997 and then returned as the small two-seat retro roadster for 2002-2005. The Sketch Monkey has a video where he goes through taking a 1963 Ford Thunderbird, which is a larger four-seat, two-door model.
These larger cars were made for a long period and are among the favorite models for some Thunderbird fans. The last of the modern Thunderbird cars with four seats died out in 1997.
What would a modern take on a 1963 Ford Thunderbird look like? Pretty darn good if it turned out looking like the rendering that is whipped up in this video. The rendering that the designer makes is very cool and looks like a modern Thunderbird. It almost looks like something that a high-end custom car builder would whip up for SEMA or a wealthy buyer.
The finished product certainly looks like a Thunderbird but is too cool for Ford to build. It always tended to make its cars rather plain and boring, which is perhaps why buyers stayed away, ultimately leading to the demise of all cars in the States other than the Mustang. We doubt that the Thunderbird will make a comeback, at least as a car. We could see Ford tossing the name on an SUV, which is all the automaker wants to sell today. The video also gives some fascinating history on the Thunderbird and is worth a watch.