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What A Bunch Of Fun by Michael
 — When I got this car it was a regular 6 cyl Thunderbird, blue outside and blue inside. Not very imaginative, eh? I'd dreamed of having a racecar for a long time, as a kid I went to the local track wi... Read More
They Don't Make Car's Like This!!! by unicorncolors
 — Bought this car new. It is the Elan with the 5.0 engine. Lot's of power. Original motor at 167,000 miles and 2 years ago I replaced the transmission after 25 years.. Not bad. I always use it as a back... Read More
My Other Thunderbird, It's A 4 Cyl, Turbo Coup. by Michael
 — A sweet car. 8 way power bucket seats with lumbar support. You didn't sit in these seats, you were warmly welcomed, enveloped, and gently held in place. You felt as if the seat was happy holding yo... Read More

1985 Ford Thunderbird Overview

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1985 Ford Thunderbird

The 1985 Ford Thunderbird was offered in a special 30th Anniversary Edition, with distinctive blue paint, jazzy racing stripes, and the 5.0 liter Windsor V-8 engine.  This special 'Aero Bird' was a much more fitting inheritor of the T-Bird mystique than some of its disappointing 'Box Bird' predecessors of the early 1980s!  

Regular trim offerings for the '85 Thunderbird included the Heritage, FILA, Elan, and Turbo Coupe.  The interior of the 1985 Thunderbird saw a pretty significant redesign, while the exterior got a few tweaks here and there, including yet another new look for the front grille and rear taillights.  

Under the hood, the '85 Ford Thunderbird shipped off the line with the 3.8 liter Essex V-6, clocking at 110 horsepower; an upgrade to the 5.0 liter Windsor V8 brought 140 horsepower.  As for the Turbo Coupe's turbocharged 4-cylinder, a reengineering brought that all the way up to a 155-horsepower output.

The mid-eighties 'Aero Birds' had finally found that sweet spot in the automotive market of the day.  With the look and feel of a European-style sport performance car, the comfort and options range of a luxury vehicle, and the fuel efficiency of a family sedan, the 1985 Ford Thunderbird was an easy sell.  You'll still find some of these beauties on the streets today: their low-to-the-ground styling and solid construction make them favorites with the tuner and low-rider crowd.


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