Remember when the Thunderbird was briefly cool? Someone must.
It seems odd, knowing what we know now about the eleventh-generation Ford Thunderbird, but in 1999, everyone was absolutely in love with the thing. The whole “retro” craze in automotive design was still on the upswing, and the concept was at the cutting edge of that trend. Even in 2002, when the production version finally rolled out, the press was still in love with it. It even won several awards, including Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.
The Thunderbird sold well, relatively speaking, for its first year of existence. But sales fell off dramatically by the following year, and Ford brought the whole sad affair to an end in 2005. In 2009, Car and Driver named it on the list of “The 10 Most Embarrassing Award Winners in Automotive History”. For someone who wishes to recapture a bit of that 1999 retro-fueled excitement, there is hope. The original concept is now up for sale, with a price tag of $195,000. And although it does look a lot like the finished product, there are some genuinely nice concept-style touches to it.