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1974 Ford Thunderbird Overview
The 1974 Ford Thunderbird suffered, as far as sales went, from the ongoing fuel crisis of the mid-seventies. The 'Big Birds' had been introduced to much fanfare in 1972; their long wheelbase and two-and-a-half-ton curbweight made them look more like a limousine than a sports car. The T-Bird's brand identity had shifted from 'compact performance car' to 'luxury sedan', and the buying public was a little mystified.
When it came to luxury, though, the '74 Thunderbird was a classic of seventies style. Inside the roomy cabin, the decor had a touch of class, with wood-veneer accents and plenty of chrome. It might look charmingly retro today, but at the time, it was the essence of upscale comfort.
Engine-wise, the '74 Ford Thunderbird was still true to its roots as a performance car, shipping off the line with a 460 cubic inch, 7.5 liter Lincoln V8. Of course, you needed a lot of muscle to haul that much sheet metal around the streets! Worst of all in an era of gas shortages, the 1974 Thunderbird had a bottomless thirst at the pumps. Its nightmare mileage of 8 mpg city, 11 mpg highway inspired some drivers to compare it to another 'Big Bird': an albatross.
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Ford Thunderbird Questions
How Much Should I Be Willing To Pay For A 1974 For Thunderbird Convertible ...
how much should i be willing to pay for a 1974 for thunderbird convertible with all of the origional parts and only approx 20k on it. the has red leather seats,painted black and is fully loaded for th...
Build Sheet Location
were is the build sheet located in my 1974 thunderbird
What Is A Type F Order On The Build Sheet
I recently found a build sheet for a '74 'Bird with the notation SHOW CAR at the bottom. It was an early build car, with a scheduled date of July 16, 1973. . .VIN #100972. It was sold new to District ...