Ford Thunderbird Convertible 1955

 
 

 
 

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Lucky-Diecast

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Model number: LCD92068Y

 
     
  Review of the model:

As a newbie in collecting quality die-cast model cars, I had no experience of the Chinese manufacture Lucky-Diecast. The company has other names too, regarding the different series of Yatming, Yat Ming, Signature models, and Road Signature.

I was trying to judge by the model pictures on various sites. The quality varied a lot, (as do the price) also about the model release date. -So instead of buying models from new. I started to go for a model secondhand, and I had an opportunity to get this little Thunderbird very cheap. I had in mind, if the model car was not up to standard with other brand on the marked, I will give it a try to make some custom work, and see how many hours and work the model car could need? - And also; was I able to do anything with my limited skills and knowhow? Only time will tell.

First when I had the model in my hands. I could see the little fellow needed a bath and tender care! After a heavy wash and a bit of polish, the flaws and missing details was standing out.

Firstly the interior is very poorly made, its resemble more of a toy car than a model car!. Its hard to choose what is worse: The missing carpet, bad paint, crude instrument panel, chunky steering wheel etc. If I shall give the interior any kind words: The black plastic looks like black leather. I don't understand Lucky-Diecast why they make so many Convertibles instead of producing Hardtops to disguise the poor interior? - But Okay; Hardtop required more parts pr. model and that increase the cost.

Secondly letís see the quality of the die-cast metal parts and paint: There is many small imperfections in the body and doors. Paintwork is also very low quality - no primer is applied, the beautiful bright yellow color is sprayed direct on the metal. When you open the doors and hood, paint is missing.

Low quality model cars have mostly all the problem, that their front lights have "pupils" That's a side effect, when the glass is inserted in small holes in the front fenders. This is very easy to correct, by not have a dark space behind. I corrected this effect on the model by painting the backside of the glass white!

Now I was beginning to work with the car. I started to give the front grill a "black wash" to make the mesh effect. The seats were repainted too. All the missing yellow paint was applied. The hubcaps center emblems was painted red and the wheel hubs rims needed yellow paint. A small radio antenna was added. The model was missing the exhaust pipes on the rear bumpers, they was made too. After the picture in this article was taken I purchased the liquid chrome pen from Molotow. As the model needed some work on the damaged chrome!

Now! - After all this. Will I recommend this to any collector? ....................The short answer is no. Unless you have all the others model on the marked, or you have a special relationship to the model such as; you own the real car yourself, your wife will buy one to you next birthday etc. Lucky Diecast have models in different quality and some are fine ex. the Buick Electra 225 is very good. This model is not good......unless you love custom build. You most yourself decide if this model is one for you - see the pictures below.

I will give this model 1 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!

 
     

 

Ford Thunderbird 1955 is a cute little car

 

 

A real Classic American car

 
  Note the custom work on the car mentioned in the review above  
Its a friendly car viewed from all angles
I'm very glad I got rid of the dark pupils in the headlights
bright yellow is good for the car
Lucky-Diecast also made the Thunderbird with a removable hardtop
The Convertible has the canvas roof stored behind the backrest
Now after some paintwork the doors can been shown open
Lets take a ride!
     

 

  History:

The first generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a two-seat convertible produced by Ford for the 1955 to 1957 model year, the first 2-seat Ford since 1938. It was developed in response to the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, which showed the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette in turn was developed in response to the popularity of European sports cars among Americans.

Dubbed a "personal car" by Ford, it built upon the heritage of the bespoke roadsters of the 1930s yet was constructed largely of existing components, marking the first step toward the evolution of the personal luxury car as a mass market segment in the United States. While light weight for its era and fitted with a standard V8 engine, the Thunderbird focused more on driver comfort than speed, and was not a direct rival to either the Corvette or European sports cars.

It remained the only two-seat convertible Thunderbird until the eleventh-generation was unveiled in 2002

1955

Ford unveiled the Thunderbird at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The first production car came off the line on September 9, 1954, and went on sale on October 22, 1954 as a 1955 model, and sold briskly; 3,500 orders were placed in the first ten days of sale. While only 10,000 were planned, 16,155 were sold in 1955.

It included fender skirts and a removable fiberglass top as standard equipment, with a fabric convertible top as a commonly specified option. The engine was Ford's proven 292-cubic-inch OHV 292 Y-block V8, which got 18MPG. The exhaust pipes exited through twin bumper guards bolted to the rear bumper.

The car used existing chassis and suspension design and off-the-shelf Ford mechanical components. It was constructed body-on-frame frame using a version of the standard Ford design cut-down to a 102-inch wheelbase identical the Corvette's. It was produced with a Fordomatic automatic or manual overdrive transmissions, and featured four-way powered seats and pushbutton interior door handles. Other unique features were a telescoping steering wheel and a tachometer.

A rare domestic two-seater for the era, it was designed to be a brisk luxury tourer and not a sports car, and could hit 110-120 mph

                                                                                                                                                   

 

Technical specification:

1955 Ford Thunderbird

Overview

Manufacturer

Ford

Production

1955Ė1957 (1955 16,155 produced)

Assembly

Dearborn, Michigan
Long Beach, California
Mahwah, New Jersey
Hapeville, Georgia

Body and chassis

Body style

2-door convertible

Layout

FR layout

Powertrain

Engine

292 cu in (4.8 L) Y-block V8
312 cu in (5.1 L) Y-block V8

Dimensions

Wheelbase

102 in (2,591 mm)

Length

175.3 in (4,453 mm) (1955)

Width

70.3 in (1,786 mm)

Chronology

Successor

Ford Thunderbird (second generation)


 
 

Old brochures of the Ford Thunderbird 1955

 
 

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

     

 

 

 

     
     
     
     

     

 

 

 

 
 
     

 

     
 
     
 
     
 

Video of the real car from Youtube

 
 
 

 

 
     
 
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  Aeronautic July 2017  
 
 
     
     
     

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