A first in Thunderbird
Models, in 2002 Brooklin introduced this model of the 4 Door
Landau created howls of protests from Thunderbird enthusiasts
when realisation dawned that not only was the 2 door tradition
ending, but for the first time since 1955 a Convertible
Thunderbird would not be available. And when they realised the
Fender Skirts had also been dropped from the model line ...
The fact that only
5,000 convertibles had been sold the previous year out of a
total 70,000 presumably effected Ford's decision, as did
impending Federal "Roll over" safety regulations, the
trade off of the lack of a roof compared to rear hinged doors is
dubious in my opinion.
It is reported that
President Lyndon B Johnson went to considerable lengths to
source a 1966 convertible for his daughter Linda who had decided
the style of an open top Thunderbird was for her and was
unimpressed by the 1967 Models.
It would be another
25 years before "retro" fashion fully restored the
Thunderbird to it's original 2 door Convertible format.
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Roberts has created several varieties from this model, including
both 2 Door and Convertible (?) versions