Thunderbird Retirement

Ford to retire Thunderbird after 2005 model year

The Thunderbird is going the way of the LTD, Bronco and Festiva. Ford says its ending production of Thunderbirds at the end of July. Sales soared when the redesigned 2002 T-Birds hit the lots, and some buyers were willing to pay ten-thousand dollar premiums on top of the car's 30-thousand dollar sticker price. Sales then stalled. Ford says it has sold more than 54-thousand new-generation Thunderbirds since 2001. The model, one of Ford's most celebrated nameplates, first went on sale in 1954. The Michigan plant that makes T-Birds will keep churning out Lincoln Town Cars and be the final assembly point for the Ford GT supercar.