Baby Birds 1955-57, Square Birds 1958-60, Bullet Birds 1961-63. Few cars have gone through as many changes or have had as many nicknames to distinguish those changes as the Ford Thunderbird, and those three iterations were only from 1955 to 1961. The Tbird went from a two seat sports car, to a large four seat personal luxury car, to a sleek coupe evoking the space age. Some even call the Bullet Bird the Rocket Bird. Many more changes would follow: Flair Birds 64-66. Glamour/Suicide Birds 67-69, Bunkie (Knudsen) Beak Birds 70-71, Big Birds 72-76, Leaner and Meaner Birds, 77-79, EconoBirds 80-82, Aerobirds 83-88, New Birds, 89-93, Twilight Birds 94-97, Next Generation Birds, 2002-2003. The first three generations of the Thunderbird are the most collectible ‘Birds, which explains why the Eyes On Design show had one of each. I’ve augmented those with photos of a couple of mild custom Tbirds from the Detroit Autorama.
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