Spied in the Side Yard: 1980 Ford Thunderbird

1980 Ford Thunderbird

Another day, another survivor, sort of.  It's not clear if this still runs.

Who in Dearborn thought this was a better idea? It could have been. It almost was, but NOOO. Why? Easy"

1. Shrinkage. This wasn't just the 1979 to 1980 Lincoln Continental makeover, this was more like the 1978 to 1986 Eldorado.

2. Don't go cheap:

  • Bad color combos

  • Base cars get plate wheel covers?

  • Uninspiring base greenhouse/roofline.

  • The T-Bird end caps on a Futura body would have been better. (Barely.)

  • Two big, dull-eyed headlights instead of four, pupiseful agrressive lights. Stellar.

1980 Ford Thunderbird

3.  Sweat the details.  Look at the front cap bumper molding - it is flush with the fender.  Now look at the rear below.  The molding is different on the cap.  And, it in no way flows together.  D-ooh!  And WTF with the window frames?  This is the cheap roof - we get it.  Even so, do we NEED to see the body colored frame inside the chrome molding, especially on the rear? Paint the window frames black, at least. It will detract from the weird cutoff for the vinyl roof. Way to disguise the Fairmont/Mustang underneath. NOT.

1980 Ford Thunderbird

  You do realize that the taillights are more like 77-78s than last year's, right? This was actially a good choice over mimicking the ‘79s.

1980 Ford Thunderbird

Oh, what could have been, if they started here, and then went for glory.

1980 Ford Thunderbird ad