CGI DESIGN SPECIAL "The Years Of Thunder"!!!! ★★★By, Amit Dixit (CgIndia)
- This week I decided to do design special, about a Innovative design which become an legend and evolved with time to fascinate us. So I start looking for such design and Come up with many, but one out shadowed them all - “FORD-T-Bird" better know as "Thunderbird", has earned its place in History as an icon of automotive technology.Introduced in 1955, its innovative design and powerful V-8 engine immediately catapulted into American consciousness as one of the premiere of its time.Three men are generally credited with creating the original Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a millionaire lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II; George Walker, chief stylist and a Ford vice-president; and Frank Hershey, a Ford designer. There was some difficulty in naming the car, with suggestions ranging from the exotic to the ridiculous (Hep Cat, Beaver, Detroiter, Runabout, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado were submitted among the 5,000 suggestions). One serious suggestion was Whizzer. Crusoe offered a $250 suit to anyone who could come up with a better name. Stylist Alden 'Gib' Giberson submitted "Thunderbird" as part of a list. Giberson never claimed his prize, settling for a $95 suit and an extra pair of trousers from Saks Fifth Avenue. The car was shown at the first postwar Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The first production car came off the line on September 9, 1954. It went on sale the following month as a 1955 model. Customers placed 3,500 orders in the Thunderbird's first ten days on sale.The Years of Thunder: 1955 to 2005
Never has a car so fully embodied the heady sprit of an era. During the 50's,
T-bird caused a sensation with each new design change. The early models immediately won fans and in the T-bird lineage, the two -seater 1955-57 models are generally referred as "Classics”. the 1957 Model, model sporting the cleanest face ever, was the last time that a T-bird appeared as a two-seater.The 1958 model, square in design and seating four passengers, solidly established the ford division in luxury car Market and was name "Car of the Year" by Motor Trend Mag.The 1959 model made its NASCAR debut and won six races in the top division. Revealed to public in Monaco, the 1963 Limited Edition T-bird Landau took the breath away from its many admirers around the globe.From the 1967 model year, Thunderbirds were much larger, and some fans of the classic
Thunderbird considers 1966 to be the last year of interest.1980 saw a new, shrunken Thunderbird that was little more than a sedan with nicer trim. However, 1983 saw a much improved and aerodynamic car and the launch of the Turbo Coupe, and a much sportier image. In 1987, the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was redesigned and came with such notable features as automatic ride control, anti-lock brakes, and the intercooled turbocharged engine from the Ford Mustang SVO. All this resulted in a personal luxury car that produced 190 horsepower (142 kW) from a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder engine and had a 140+ mph (225 km/h) top speed. The Turbo Coupe was Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1987.The last four-seater Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line in Lorain, Ohio on September 4, 1997.However, 2002 saw a new Thunderbird launched; this Retro Bird was again a two-seater and received the model's third Motor Trend Car of the Year honor. It was also nominated for the North American Car of the Year award that year. The Ford Motor Company announced in March 2005 that the Thunderbird will again be discontinued in July 2005. Ford plans to release a new Thunderbird sometime in the years to come, but an exact date has not been specified.
In the last 50 years, more than 1.2 million Thunderbirds have been sold...................................................Offsite Link's:Ford Heritage - T-Bird
...................Early T-bird ConceptsT-bird On CgTalk ........................2003 T-bird ConceptsFords Website
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