2002 Thunderbird – Excellent
The Return of a Classic: 2002 Thunderbird
The 2002 – 2005-era Thunderbirds were the last of Ford’s two-passenger sports cars. While the 1955 Thunderbird was originally Ford’s response to the Corvette, the T-bird (as it quickly became known) was designed to be a comfortable driving vehicle rather than a competition car. Our 2002—the first year of these new 2-passenger T-birds is a tribute to the vision encompassed in the ’55-’57 models.
A Beautiful Car
This two-owner T-bird looks and runs much like it did when it left the showroom back in 2002 and it comes with a clean CarFax report:
- Great Finish
The car is—other than some chip repairs—still finished in its original Torch Red. Red is a color that shows a car’s every flaw, but there are no flaws to see on this Thunderbird.
The underside of the Thunderbird is free of rust and corrosion other than normal surface rust.
The factory hardtop is in excellent condition, headliner and all.
- Like-new Interior
The red and black leather interior is almost in like new condition from the padded dash to its seat bolsters—and everything in between.
- Convertible Top
The factory canvas convertible top is in excellent condition and the heated rear window is clear and free of any discoloration.
- Mechanically Excellent
The car is powered by the 3.9 V-8 that was specially designed for the new Thunderbirds. The car starts right up and runs the way you would expect. If you opened the hood to the engine bay on a new T-bird in 2002, it wouldn’t have looked much different than it does today: bright and clean.
This T-bird is equipped with Ford’s automatic transmission which shifts properly, allowing the driver to enjoy the trip, particularly when confronted with the increasing amount of traffic in most urban/suburban areas.
- Safety and Luxury Equipment
All of the safety equipment works properly (lights, signals, horn, wipers), as do the gauges, warning lights, tachometer and speedometer. The car’s 4 tires look to have little wear.
The luxury equipment includes power windows, power seats, a/c, etc. The car’s steering wheel automatically retracts and tilts to make entering or exiting easier.
Back to the ‘50s in Retro Style
Ford Motor Company called the Thunderbird a “personal vehicle”, and made the car into a luxurious way to go to the country club, Saturday night dinner or even to the grocery store. This “tribute” series introduced by Ford in 2002 was aptly dubbed the “Retro-bird” because it harkened back to the ’55-’57 T-birds but came equipped with all of the safety and modern conveniences that we have come to demand in our vehicles.
Whether on the local show fields or re-dedicated to its original purpose: an absolutely wonderful personal driving experience, this Thunderbird is for you!