August 30, 2015


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1957 Ford Thunderbird

The Ford Motor Company introduced the new Ford Thunderbird to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on Feb. 20, 1954. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Ford wanted a sporty car and hired Franklin Q. Hershey to head the division’s styling section. After young designer William P. “Bill” Boyer was hired, the project gathered steam.
 (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car was originally set to compete with the MG-TD roadster at $2,500 and the Jaguar XK-120 in the $4,000 range, starting at around the $3,000 mark.  
 (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car features Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and B.F. Goodrich Silvertown wide whitewall radial tires. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The detail on the restored Thunderbird is spectacular. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The iconic Thunderbird logo adorns the hood. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
When John and Suzanne Courcelles acquired the T-Bird in 2010, it was in good condition and had been in storage for over seven years.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The T-Bird is powered by the 312-cubic-inch Thunderbird Special V8 that cranked out 245 horsepower at 4,600 rpm. Backed by a Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, it makes the 3,100-pound roadster a lively performer. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Inside, there’s white interior upholstery with black trim, a telescopic steering column, electric clock and a Thunderbird aftermarket AM/FM stereo cassette player. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
No detail has been overlooked in the restoration of the Courcelles' '57 Thunderbird. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car features a Continental rear spare-tire carrier. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This weekend, the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club presents their 19th Annual Flashback Weekend. For more info call 204-453-FORD or Betty at 204-453-4871. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The Ford Motor Company introduced the new Ford Thunderbird to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on Feb. 20, 1954. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Ford wanted a sporty car and hired Franklin Q. Hershey to head the division’s styling section. After young designer William P. “Bill” Boyer was hired, the project gathered steam. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car was originally set to compete with the MG-TD roadster at $2,500 and the Jaguar XK-120 in the $4,000 range, starting at around the $3,000 mark. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car features Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and B.F. Goodrich Silvertown wide whitewall radial tires. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The detail on the restored Thunderbird is spectacular. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The iconic Thunderbird logo adorns the hood. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
When John and Suzanne Courcelles acquired the T-Bird in 2010, it was in good condition and had been in storage for over seven years. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The T-Bird is powered by the 312-cubic-inch Thunderbird Special V8 that cranked out 245 horsepower at 4,600 rpm. Backed by a Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, it makes the 3,100-pound roadster a lively performer. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Inside, there’s white interior upholstery with black trim, a telescopic steering column, electric clock and a Thunderbird aftermarket AM/FM stereo cassette player. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
No detail has been overlooked in the restoration of the Courcelles' '57 Thunderbird. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The car features a Continental rear spare-tire carrier. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This weekend, the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club presents their 19th Annual Flashback Weekend. For more info call 204-453-FORD or Betty at 204-453-4871. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

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