This is the 1977 Ford Thunderbird. Larry at Upjohn had one, yellow with brown velour seats. “Cramped back seat.” That was the official reason we couldn’t have one in a 4 teenager household.
At the time, I thought these were cool. I liked the 1978s better because they had Thunderbird logos on the headlight covers. Ideally, mine would be midnight blue and chamois. [Ed.: It was a thing.]
These were wildly successful for Ford. The previous generation was blobby and overwrought, on top of fat and slow. These were crisp and underpowered and mostly slow. Except in NASCAR form. Or when flogged by Car and Driver. A great car for the disco era, but it’s pretty transparent as a cosmetic burnish. What’s cool is how it echoes the brand and corporate styling cues of the time. What is not so cool for this period is that the only things making this a “Thunderbird” and not an LTD II Landau Brougham or a Lincoln Mark V Junior, are the badges (the words and the birds).
Yes, the greenhouse is unique. Basket handle B pillar treatments are not inherently Thunderbirdian. It just identifies it as a T-bird because the T-bird is the only model on the lot with that look.
And, cynically, it disguises the profile, so as to not be equated with its twin under the skin when pitching that sticker price.
What to drive to the Concorso Ferrari 2014? Isn’t it obvious? Something American, overweight (duh), festooned with fake scoops,mostly purposeless vents and spoilers, and garish for a strip club decals! Something with a pushrod V8 and leaf springs! and with the worst of all convertible vs hardtop worlds, a T-top! Something so undeniably awesome in its wretched, unapologetic 1970s-ness!. This:
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Somehow these guys survived 35 years of southwestern Michigan road salt, craters potholes, half drunk assembly and 20 year old (at the time) technology (Cordoba)/tin foil construction (Futura) to tempt me with their survivor car charms.
You will find malaise, sweet, tasty malaise. Wonder bread and miracle whip and bologna. Air Supply. “CHiPs.” Leisure suits and Hagar and Herb Tarlek.