ELIDA — Ford introduced the buying public to it’s Thunderbird in 1955. The intent of the Thunderbird was to compete with Chevrolet’s Corvette. The “T-Bird” was produced through eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. From its introduction to its departure in 2005, Ford produced more than 4.4 million Thunderbirds. The 1966 Ford T-bird was part of the fourth generation design. This model year saw a new egg-crate style grille with a large Thunderbird emblem at its center, and a single tail-light that ran the entire width of the back of the car. The T-bird is a car to be admired. It did extremely well for Ford, and inspired imitations from other companies.
Jerry Febus, of Elida, brought his 1966 Ford T-Bird to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it seven years. The previous owner was Roger Wright of Wrightway Foods. His favorite memory is his wife and friend building a winter cover for him the first year he had the car.