1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Vehicle Profile

1955 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1955 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1955 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1955 Ford Thunderbird1955 Ford Thunderbird1955 Ford Thunderbird
Convertible
Thunderbird: derived from southwest American Indian lore for a mythical bird glimpsed only briefly in the clouds and responsible for thunder and lightning, a symbol of power, speed and good fortune. After seeing GM's first Corvette falter in popularity and sales, the Ford men set to planning a radically different personal car; all steel body rather than fiberglass, equipped with a new and powerful V-8 rather than a warmed over old fashioned 6-cylinder, roll-up windows with power assist optional rather than plastic side curtains, and a well-fitting cloth top with hard top optional rather than Corvette's clumsy cloth top. And, the choice of a manual 3-speed transmission or optional ford-O-Matic rather than only a 2-speed autoshifter, high style interior and selection of exterior colors rather than only white and red, and much better performance.

Thunderbird for 1955 was a much more exciting car priced almost $600 less than Corvette and sales took off; 16,155 sold in its first year compared to 315 in Corvette's first year and 3,640 its second year. The new Thunderbird was described in the automotive press as 'a revolution in personal transportation...a genuinely new idea in cars that will influence the shape of things to come.' Even when priced comparably in 1955 when both Thunderbird and Corvette were equipped with V-8 engines, T-Bird sales far exceeded Corvette that saw only 674 produced.

This 43,000 original mile California car in Golden Rod Yellow is an example of what made Thunderbird so popular a half-century ago; beautifully restored to as-built configuration with its original body, chassis and driveline.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 9
2018 52
2017 54
2016 50
2015 40
2014 35
2013 49
2012 38
2011 45
2010 35

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$36,847$63,8009
2018$36,378$286,00052
2017$34,747$84,10954
2016$29,924$66,00050
2015$37,576$242,00040
2014$34,070$85,00035
2013$38,657$154,00049
2012$31,569$64,90038
2011$38,179$82,50045
2010$30,816$60,00035

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH229786
Sold for $27,500
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $46,200
  2019 Mecum : Houston
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $30,800
  2019 Mecum : Houston
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Chassis#: P5FH216726
Sold for $29,120
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH156879
Sold for $28,600
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH224089
Sold for $63,800
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: *P5FH159216
Sold for $29,700
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $42,900
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $33,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2 DR CVTBLE
Sold for $24,675
  2018 McCormick's - # 65
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD
Sold for $26,250
  2018 McCormick's - # 65
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $37,400
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Chassis#: P5FH255090
Sold for $22,500
  2018 Silver Auctions Arizona : Fall Auction
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $37,400
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for $31,350
  2018 Collector Car - Toronto Fall Classic
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH161226
Sold for $33,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH152635
Sold for $29,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: P5FH254465
Sold for $30,800
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $27,500
  2018 Mecum : Louisville
 
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for $37,400
  2018 Mecum : Louisville
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Ford Thunderbird's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$36,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$37,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$25,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$35,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleRTB030133019999032018 Silver Auctions Arizona : Fall Auction$28,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2018 Mecum : Dallas$30,000  
1955 Ford ThunderbirdP5FH1061932018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1955 REGLT Ford Thunderbird Custom Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1955 Ford Thunderbird Roadster 2018 Leake Tulsa$24,250  
1955 Ford Thunderbird Roadster 2018 Leake Tulsa$26,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$35,000$50,000$75,000
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$30,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2018 Mecum : Houston$77,500  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$29,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1955 Ford T-bird Custom Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$20,000  
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63$22,500  
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Leake Auction : Dallas Fall$19,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$35,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Chicago$30,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Dallas$22,000  
1955 Ford ThunderbirdP5FH1029952017 Mecum : Monterey$32,500  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Denver$25,000  
1955 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$44,000  

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