The Ford Thunderbird is a two-door personal luxury car that was produced by Ford from 1955 to 1997, and again from 2002 to 2005. It was one of the most popular cars in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. The first generation of the Ford Thunderbird was introduced in 1955 as a competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette. It was powered by a 292 cubic inch V8 engine that produced 200 horsepower. It was mated to a three-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Thunderbird was known for its sleek styling, powerful engine, and comfortable ride. It was a popular choice for celebrities and high-income earners.