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(from Ford Press
Release) Ford Thunderbird, a true American icon,
celebrates its golden Anniversary with a special 50th Anniversary
Thunderbird, limited-edition colors, and commemorative badge for all
2005 models. The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Thunderbird will
be unveiled to media attending the South Florida International Auto
Show in Miami, FL.
Production of this special edition model with exclusive Cashmere
color, which begins in January 2005, will be limited to 1,500 units.
"The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Thunderbird builds upon the
car's rich heritage - which began with the classic, two-seater 1955
model," said Steve Lyons, president of Ford Division. "This special
edition adds to the emotional attachment that America has with
Thunderbird, an attachment that has been 50 years in the making."
In addition to the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, Ford is
unveiling two surprise colors available on upcoming 2005
Thunderbirds: Inca Gold and Bronze. For 2005, all Thunderbirds
feature a 50th Anniversary commemorative fender chevron.
Based on the top-of-the-line Thunderbird premium, the commemorative
50th Anniversary Thunderbird features a gorgeous Cashmere tri-coat
metallic paint with matching removable top and Medium Light Stone
cloth convertible top and soft boot. 16-spoke, 17-inch wheels with
Cashmere accented hub ring match the Cashmere paint.
New coordinated Cashmere, Stone and Soft Gold interior packages
include full leather Cashmere seats, and Cashmere trimmed lower
instrument panel, floor console and door armrests. An understated
Soft Gold tinted 50th Anniversary badge will be placed on the
instrument panel, and 50th Anniversary insignias are embossed on the
seatbacks. The scuff plates also are tinted Soft Gold. Each vehicle
will feature a numbered commemorative plaque mounted on the inside
of the glove box. The steering wheel and shift knob will be trimmed
with high gloss Cashmere accents. Stone colored carpets with
matching floor mats complete the interior.
"The 50th Anniversary special edition is very elegant and emphasizes
the calm, cool and collectible nature that is Thunderbird," said
Thunderbird Enthusiasts 'Drive-in'
will kick-off the Thunderbird's 50th birthday celebration at
Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 17 in conjunction with a Ford
Racing Innovation Drive. The Ford Racing Innovation Drive has been
reaching consumers nationwide during a tour that features Ford's
spectacular new 2005 model year vehicle line-up. Consumers as well
as Thunderbird enthusiasts have been invited to attend the drive as
it comes to Miami this November. After Thunderbird enthusiasts enjoy
the hands-on experience of Ford's new product they will then be
directed to the raceway's infield for a private Thunderbird
Reflecting on 50 years of heritage for the Thunderbird, club members
from across the country will enjoy a trip back to the boppin'
fifties with the spirit of the classic hamburger stand and drive-in
movie theater. Ford, will construct a unique drive-in theater at the
race track and show one of the most famous movies to star the Ford
Thunderbird - American Graffiti.
The 2005 Ford Thunderbird will have a manufacturer's suggested
retail price of $37,605 and the special edition 50th Anniversary
Thunderbird of $43,535, both without destination and delivery
Ford Thunderbird went on sale Oct. 22, 1954 marking the birth of a
new legend that would grow with each generation of Thunderbird cars.
Previous special-edition Thunderbirds have proven highly desirable.
In 2002, Ford offered 200 special-edition Thunderbird vehicles for
sale through the exclusive Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Those 200
cars sold out in two hours and 15 minutes and are considered highly
prized collector's items.
In the spring of 2003, Ford sold 700 limited edition "007" Ford
Thunderbirds to commemorate the first appearance of a Thunderbird in
the 40-year history of the James Bond film franchise. A "007"
Edition was driven in the Bond film Die Another Day by Academy
Award-winning actress Halle Berry. One thousand Pacific Coast
Roadster Thunderbirds were sold in 2004.