50 Special Topless Thunderbirds for JFK | December 30th, 1960 | Today in Ford Motor Company History

1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible

On December 30th, 1960, 50 special 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertibles were produced for use in the upcoming inaugural parade of President John F. Kennedy.

The 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible was a special edition vehicle produced in honor of President John F Kennedy’s inaugural parade. Only 50 of these vehicles were produced, making them a rare and coveted collector’s item today.

The 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible was based on the standard Thunderbird model, but with a few unique features that set it apart. It featured a white exterior with a blue convertible top and a red, white, and blue interior. The car also featured unique badges and emblems to commemorate its role in Kennedy’s inaugural parade.

1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

These special edition Thunderbirds were used to transport VIPs and other dignitaries during the parade, which took place on January 20, 1961. The parade was a grand occasion, with thousands of people lining the streets to witness the historic event.

In addition to its role in the inaugural parade, the 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible was also known for its impressive performance and luxurious amenities. It was powered by a 390 cubic inch V8 engine, which produced 300 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. It also featured a number of luxurious features, including power windows, power seats, and an AM/FM radio.

Today, the 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible is a highly sought after collector’s item. Its unique history and rare production numbers make it a valuable addition to any car collection. If you’re lucky enough to come across one of these rare vehicles, it’s sure to be a treasure that you will cherish for years to come.



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