"The Thunderbird entered production in 1955 as a sporty two seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car but positioned as an upscale model and is credited in developing a new market segment, the personal luxury car. After a five year hiatus, Ford introduced a new Thunderbird for 2002 the 11th generation. Returning to the original formula for the Thunderbird, the latest version had a two seat coupé/convertible layout like the first generation Thunderbird and retrofuturistic styling to match. The 11th generation Thunderbird was based on the company's DEW98 platform, which was shared with the Jaguar S-Type. The sole engine of the Thunderbird was a Jaguar designed 3.9 litre V8, making 252bhp. Ford decided to make the 2005 model year the Thunderbird's last with no scheduled successor. The last one rolled off the assembly line on 1st July 2005 and, from its introduction in 1955 to its final phaseout in 2005, Ford produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds.This fabulous 2002 California import is presented in Torch Red coachwork with full red and black leather trim and matching black hood. Recent new tonneau and draft deflector have been added by our vendor who recently took this example on a 2,000 mile continental road trip for which he stated the car did not miss a beat and returned a relatively generous 26mpg; not bad when twinned to a great sounding 3.9 litre V8. With contrasting white retro style porthole window and hardtop with storage trolley, GU51 EYW is accompanied by a new MoT test certificate and UK V5C registration document. We are informed that recent service work including a new air conditioning compressor has been carried out which our vendor hopes will provide the next owner with many years of enjoyable motoring."