December 1954 Air TrailsTable of Contents
Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
In 1955, Ford introduced the Thunderbird convertible as its first true 'modern' personal luxury car. It was not promoted as a sportscar, although its 2-seat configuration certainly provided the requisite look. As with all new model years, the 1955 Ford Thunderbird was introduced to the public in the fall of 1954, in time for the December edition of Air Trails to publish a series of scale pencil drawings by Jefferies. The artist much have had access to at least some level of factory drawings because of the detail in the x-ray views; either that or he had an exceptional ability to visualize such things based only on external observations. If you are a Thunderbird fan, then you will appreciate these drawings.
Scale Views by Jeffries
Soon after World War II the American public rediscovered the thrill of sportscar driving. But the fairly large group of enthusiasts had to turn to Europe to satisfy its desire because the U. S. automobile manufacturers were not producing this type of car. Today, however, they are doing just that, with their own designs.
The latest of this type is the Ford Thunderbird, which recently became available. Though the rabid sports car driver may consider it somewhat "fancy" because of luxury-features, the Thunderbird has many aspects of a true sportscar such as an extremely rigid frame, ball-joint independent front suspension, quick steering and telescopically adjustable steering wheel. On the luxury side it has roll-up windows, which together with the rayon fabric top assure comfort in bad weather. Available also is a Fiberglas hard top for those who prefer a coupe, as well as power-operated windows, four-way power adjustable seat, and booster brakes. Instrument panel carries all standard gauges with the addition of a 5000 rpm tachometer and sweep-second hand clock. The Thunderbird is powered with a specially developed V-8, overhead valve engine rated at better than 160 hp. Weight is around 3200 lbs. Body is all-steel construction.
Posted February 10, 2013