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2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept Up For Auction

After going away for a number of years, the Ford Thunderbird returned as a two-seat convertible like its forefather for an eleventh generation, and many of those retro-styled machines were driven sparingly over the years. As such, we’ve seen quite a few nice examples surface for sale at collector car auctions in recent months, including everything from multiple examples of the rare James Bond 007 Edition to a barely-driven Neiman Marcus Edition and even a 2002 T-Bird with a whopping 276k miles on the clock. When it comes to concept cars, we don’t see too many hit the auction block these days, however, though someone now has the chance to bring home precisely that – this 2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept that’s currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.

2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

Ford Performance and the automaker’s Living Legends studio teamed up to create this 2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept for the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, though it wasn’t just some sort of one-off. Rather, the intention was to gauge public interest in a performance-focused version of the T-Bird at the time, which obviously never happened. Thus, this concept wound up in public hands and has since been modified to make it road-legal, interestingly enough.

2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept - Interior 001

On the outside, it’s pretty clear that this is no ordinary Thunderbird, as it’s equipped with unique bodywork such as a revised front grille, dual air intakes in lieu of fog lamps, a domed and vented front hood, enlarged front-fender ventilation, a revised rear bumper cover, and dual exhaust finishers. The same goes for the interior and its unique two-tone leather treatment, Supercharged badging, fluted-metal accents, and Machine Silver-painted trim.

2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept - Engine Bay 001

The real story lies under the hood, however, where the 2002 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept lives up to its name thanks to the addition of a Roots-style supercharger, aluminum headers, and a custom-fabricated intake to its 3.9L V8. Those upgrades helped the concept generate 390 horsepower, which flows to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The seller reportedly spent a whopping $56k to make this concept road legal, meaning that the new owner will likely get a pretty unique machine for a reasonable price tag.

We’ll have more cool cars for sale to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Thunderbird news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Birdman 02

    A supercharged version was developed that was to be the 50th anniversary special edition I. 2005 until Ford indicated production of the retro would cease that year or 2006. An engineering study version roamed the streets of Dearborn. It is now in a private collection. The Jaguar supercharged engine was used as it fit perfectly except for being a little taller. The engineering concept has a convex rather than concave hood as a result. A beefier transmission was required to handle the increased torque, etc. I would post photos of the system would let me.


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