Johnny himself always wanted to wander down Route 66. The kids in the show had a convertible Corvette, and 17 years ago he began restoring a convertible 1956 Thunderbird.
“I was glad he had a project, ” Judy said.
The Thunderbird is now fully restored except for a few new touches such as a satellite radio and portable GPS, Johnny said.
While the Bunches made their way along Route 66, tourists couldn’t stop taking pictures of their car, they said.
From Hot Rod Magazine
Thunderbird #1 will be sold at No Reserve during the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 11-18, 2009. The Raven Black 1955 T-Bird was produced by Ford Motor Company on Sept. 9, 1954, and represents the birth of Ford’s sports car program.
Penned by Ford designer Frank Hershey, the original Thunderbird was a hit among sports car fans across America and became an instant competitor for the Chevrolet Corvette. This T-Bird is equipped with a 292 Y-block engine, Fordomatic (automatic) transmission, power steering, power windows and power seats.
From the Daily Telegraph
How should one define automotive ugliness? It’s an interesting point: if a car is badly screwed together near Birmingham by a bunch of blokes called Derek, does that make it unattractive, or merely unreliable?
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