History of the Thunderbird
Manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United States from 1955 through 2005, the Thunderbird included eleven model generations, and is renowned for creating its own automobile market niche, known as the personal luxury car.
Entering production in 1955 as a sporty two-seat convertible, Ford then added a second row of seats in 1958. Over the next few generations, the vehicle became larger until the line was downsized in 1977, again in 1980, and once again in 1983. By the end of 1997, the production of the T-Bird was ceased. However, in 2002 production of the Thunderbird started again, with a revived 2-seat model. But in 2005 Ford once again stopped production of the Thunderbird.