Time is a fickle mistress. As the decades go on, what was perfectly relevant and trendy at the start suddenly becomes niche and novel, for better or worse.
The early 2000s saw no shortage of “retrofuturistic” styling exercises from automakers, with each of the Big Three trying desperately to reignite flames long since extinguished with their respective temporally-misplaced homage vehicles. One such example was this: the eleventh-generation Ford Thunderbird (2002-2005).
The folks from Regular Car Reviews recently had a go in a 2002 Ford Thunderbird, painted in a heritage shade of baby blue with matching glossy plastic bits sprinkled throughout the interior. Like all such throwbacks, the car was a bit of an oddity. It coupled unmistakeably retro body sculpture with an abhorrently conservative, safe interior lifted almost verbatim from the Lincoln LS. Powering the Ford Thunderbird homage from the aughts was a 3.9-liter V8 made from a similar Jaguar mill, producing just over 250 HP.
This Ford Thunderbird was no Corvette-eater, to be sure.
Even still, the eleventh-generation Ford Thunderbird of the early 2000s did at least accomplish one rather noble goal, recalling just enough of the car’s early generations to remind younger Americans of what they missed out on by being born decades too late. Perhaps it even provided an outlet for older American motoring enthusiasts looking to revel in the nostalgia of “the good old days,” rekindling some long-lost sense of adventure and youth.
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