& Susan Carlisle's 1955
all began on October 22, 1954, when the Ford Thunderbird was introduced
to the public.
bird shown here was assembled September 8, 1955, in the last days of production
for the 1955 model.
car left the Detroit assembly line finished in Thunderbird Blue (color
code T) with the turquoise and white interior (color code XC); it came
with both the hardtop and convertible top and was delivered to Ford's Charlotte,
North Carolina sales district.
accessory Continental spare tire was added later. It is known this '55
basked in the California sun for a few years before coming to Kansas.
Thunderbird has understandably received a number of trophies in local and
national shows; it is owned, maintained and enjoyed by members of both
Wichita Classic Thunderbirds and the Mid-Kansas Vintage Thunderbird Club,
Richard and Susan Carlisle of Wichita.