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From its large and imposing grille up front to its stylish tailfins, the 1959 Thunderbird was one of the best cars produced in the late 1950s. The middle year of the three-year ‘58-‘60 body style, these cars were commonly referred to as “Square ‘Birds” due to their long, straight lines and blocky shape. To keep things fresh, Ford implemented new trim for each of the three model years. The 1959 is arguably the best of the three model years due to its horizontal front grille, dual rear taillights, and “bullet” door trim. This style Thunderbird was one of the first cars to feature front bucket seats and a full-length console. It was actually an engineering choice due to the low-slung unibody design. This interior layout became standard in most cars in later years. Ford advertised the 1959 Thunderbird as a “personal luxury car” and it featured large, powerful engines and options such as factory air conditioning.
The 1959 Thunderbird offered here is powered by the 300-hp 352 V-8 with Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. It features its original two tone paint scheme, finished in Indian Turquoise and Colonial White. It also came equipped with the rare factory A/C option. This beautiful car has recently benefited from a full mechanical and cosmetic restoration. Many aspects of this car are new, from the fresh interior to the two-stage show paint. Many mechanical components have been rebuilt as well, such as the engine, suspension, power steering, and brakes. It also contains a few subtle upgrades, including an alternator conversion and a custom aluminum radiator. This car is an excellent running and driving example of a Thunderbird that has a great ride and cool looks. It is a great alternative to the earlier 1955-57 Thunderbirds due to its roomier interior, smoother ride, and more affordable price. The 1958-60 Thunderbirds have recently been increasing in value and popularity and represent a great investment today.