1960 Thunderbird Hardtop

Except for the 1955 – 1957 Thunderbirds, my next T-bird favorite is the 1960 Ford Thunderbird.

Generally, I love the “square birds” with their elegant and low styling and big, heavy chrome grilles and sharp lines, but the 1960 Thunderbird really seems to integrate the styling of these years best.

Plus, over 200,000 of the “square birds were produced from 1958 – 1960, and there are many great survivors out there that are still in great shape.

The great news for the 1958 – 1960 Thunderbirds is that they’re not nearly expensive as their first-generation cousins, the 1955 – 1957 “baby birds”. Properly equipped (power steering, power brakes, etc.) these big ‘Birds are as drive-able as a modern car. In other words you needn’t be afraid about taking these beauties to the streets if you like to drive your classics!

It’s true that these Thunderbirds gained a lot of weight, and were no longer considered (loosely) sports cars. They essentially started the “personal luxury” genre that eventually included the Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado and Chrysler Cordoba of the 1970’s.

Big V8 power, style and Ford reliability & low prices – what’s not to love about these beautiful Thunderbirds?