The Ford Thunderbird (colloquially known as the T-Bird) is a passenger luxury automobile produced from 1955 to 2005 in 11 generations, with a hiatus from 1997 to 2002. It was introduced as a 2-seat convertible, but was also sold as a 4-seat coupe and convertible, a 5-seat convertible and hardtop, and a 6-seat sedan, depending on the generation. The final generation was again sold as a 2-seater convertible. Thunderbird emphasized comfort and convenience over control and performance.

Ford Thunderbird 1st Gen was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in Detroit in 1954 and was produced until 1957. The 1957 model had a more elaborate bumper and larger grille.  It was powered as standard by a front-mounted 5.1-litre V8 engine with 245 hp (183 kW), but more powerful versions – 300 hp (224 kW) – were also available.