Synopses & Reviews
This fabulous, color-filled photo gallery highlights all the great Thunderbirds, from the first models of 1955 to the final production year of 1997. Design changes, technical decisions and marketing strategies that made the T-Bird into Ford's premier performer for more than 40 years are explored and examined. Features the original two-seaters, the first four-place models, the Roundbirds, the Bigbirds, the Aerobirds, and the Thunderbird racing tradition.
The Ford Thunderbird became a classic the moment it was introduced in 1955, rivaled in its appeal only by the Mustang and Corvette. This full-color gallery examines the T-Bird from the first models to the last versions built in 1997 and the new edition Ford will introduce in the year 2000. Exemplary photography features cars from all eras. Special emphasis is given to the marketing strategies that helped make the T-Bird Ford's signature car for more than 40 years.
About the Author
Mike Mueller (Arlington, Texas) has worked as a freelance automotive photojournalist since 1991. A 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois’ journalism program, Mueller held staff positions from 1987 to 1991 with Automobile Quarterly, Corvette Fever, Muscle Car Review, and Mustang Monthly, among others. A lifetime car enthusiast, Mueller has written/photographed more than 25 automotive history (including pickup trucks) books and contributed photography to at least that many more. Among his long list of titles are Motorbooks’ The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle, The Complete Book of Corvette, The Complete Book of Dodge & Plymouth Muscle, and The Complete Book of Mustang. He also has photographed dozens of car/truck calendars and contributed more than 1,000 articles to magazines like Car Craft, AutoWeek, Street Rodder, Motor Trend's Truck Trend, Car Collector, Baseball Digest, and American History Illustrated. His photos have appeared in LIFE, Forbes, Esquire, Automobile, Popular Hot Rodding, and countless other publications.