Ford Thunderbird, 1959 MY

The Thunderbird is a road car from Ford, with rear wheel drive, a front mounted engine and a 2 door coupé body style. The 7 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 8 cylinder that has an output of 350 bhp (355 PS/261 kW) of power at 4400 rpm, and maximum torque of 664 N·m (490 lb·ft/67.7 kgm) at 2800 rpm. The engine supplies its power through to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic transmission.

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Key facts

Ford Thunderbird, 1959 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
5217 mm
What size engine?
7 litre, 7038 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
355 PS / 350 bhp / 261 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque?
664 Nm / 490 ft.lb / 67.7 kgm @ 2800 rpm

Ford Thunderbird models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 4601 cm3 208 PS 205 bhp 153 kW 1724 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1604 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1610 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW 1604 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 4942 cm3 203 PS 200 bhp 149 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3791 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW 1739 kg
Ford Thunderbird SC -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5M 3791 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW 1710 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1606 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1947 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6387 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1945 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1867 kg
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3OD 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5769 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1837 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7010 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW 2128 kg
1959 Ford Thunderbird data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2870 mm 113 inches
Track/tread (front) 1524 mm 60 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1448 mm 57 inches
Length 5217 mm 205.4 inches
Width 2031 mm 80 inches
Height 1334 mm 52.5 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.82
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 75.8 litres 16.7 UK Gal 20 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 7 litre
7038 cc
(429.485 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 109.22 × 93.9 mm
4.3 × 3.7 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.16
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 355 PS (350 bhp) (261 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output 49.7 bhp/litre
0.81 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 664 Nm (490 ft·lb) (67.7 kgm)
at 2800 rpm
Specific torque 94.34 Nm/litre
1.14 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 10:1
Fuel system 1 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1185.6 kPa (172 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 879.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 5½ x 14
Wheel size rear 5½ x 14
Tyres front 8.00 x 14
Tyres rear 8.00 x 14
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area 1456 cm2
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.7
Final drive ratio 3.10
general
Carfolio.com ID272195
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 59.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1959 Ford Thunderbird added 2012-05-24.
Last modified 2013-02-28.