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    In case you didn't hear the news yesterday...

    http://www.blueovalnews.com/2005/pro...sc.10mar05.htm

    And good riddance to that old fart chariot. Uh buh-bye.

    Now can we please have a REAL T-Bird next time?

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    I may be in the minority, but I liked it, it just needed a bit of tweaking (read a few sheet metal changes). Oh well, not my fav. bird. Hopefully we get something better next time.

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    I felt the styling of the car was geared more towards shall we say a "seasoned audience." Darn thing was too heavy too.
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    The Thunderbird has never been one for slow refinement as it has been a "We've got a totally new car to let's stick the Thunderbird name on it. Ford has had it's hits(the new GT) and misses since they started on this retro track and I personally think the new Thunderbird was a miss. I don't think most current Ford owners are really into the status symbol with no practicallity cars and that's what I feel the new thunderbird was. Yes, people will spend high dollars for some of the great new cars, but they've got to get either extrodinary performance or utility to show for the money they spend. This of course is just my own personal opinion.

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    *joins Crystal's minority* I didn't think it was too bad.

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    I didn't think it was bad either. I thought they were nice cars. Kind of harking back to the original premise of being a boulevard cruiser rather than a muscle car. And I really like that one that Chip Foose modified right after the new 'birds came out. That was a sweet car.

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    The idea was good, except that the final car was possibly the worst homogenized choice. They had much better looking cars to choose from. Eh, I rarely see them anyway. The last real Thunderbird was built in Lorain in 1997. But I agree about Chip Foose's version...that was killer.

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    I see them pretty much every time I go out. There are more new-Tbirds around here than Fox-bodies. (I think MN12s are still what I see most often, though)

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    That's cuz you live in FL... land of the retired Northerners

    I still say it looks more like an early vette though...

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    I think they were great for what they were meant to be. A short run collecters retro cruiser. Mainly, if you owned a '55 when they were new, you own an '05. But just like the baby birds, there's not much of a market for a relaxed two seat, two door cruiser. That's why they added a fixed top and back seat in '58. Sales shot up, and the cars have been selling extremelly well, until they went back to a two seat, slow, drop top.

    I'd take a new coupe any day of the week. We need an evolution of the MN-12 design concept (not the platform, because they need to shed a few pounds from that formula). This thing was meant to be upmarket from the Mustang from the begining. Even Shelby had an eye for the muscle coupe T-birds of the late 60's, that's why he used the tail lights on the 500 KR.

    Could you imagine a Shelby T-bird coupe?
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