Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:00 am, November 21, 2011
It’s another one of those weeks when the “grass” is actually blacktop.
The 1970 Ford Thunderbird helps prove the point that bigger isn’t always better, although it seems Ford didn’t quite get the message, as the next, sixth generation (’72-’76) ‘Bird was even bigger. It wasn’t until 1977 that the overweight personal luxury car finally saw a downsizing. But I digress. This 1970 Ford Thunderbird Landau example can currently be seen parked in front of a Niagara Falls repair shop, where’s it’s sat at least since summer. New, it listed starting at $5,104 and it was the year’s best-selling ‘Bird with 36,847 being produced. There were three models of the T-Bird for 1970: coupe, Landau coupe, and four-door Landau. The Landau coupe was a mere shadow of its former formal self. In years past it had its own distinct roofline, but this year it was merely the coupe with a vinyl top (the more formal look would return for 1971). Perhaps the most prominent styling cue this year was the “beak,” the front of the car which somewhat resembled a battering ram. I’ve always wondered if it was a boon to collision shops as owners misjudged where it was in relation to the back walls of their garages.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know