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64thunderbird64
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P5FH100004

Post by 64thunderbird64 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:31 pm

I recently learned of a pre-production car that was last known to exist around 1975 in PA, but has not been seen since. We all know that P5FH100005 has been confirmed by Ford as being the first PRODUCTION Thunderbird. So, this would make 100004 a pre-production car that was probably hand finished off the assembly line.

Does anyone have any more info about this car, and where it may exist today?
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David1955Tbird
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Re: P5FH100004

Post by David1955Tbird » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:51 am

It looks a whole lot different now:

1957Birdman
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Posted January 26, 2015
The first production 1955 T-Bird (s/n P5FH100005) was sold at BJ (no reserve) for $220,000. The current owner had bought it at BJ in 2009 for $660,000. Not exactly a great investment.

Found this on Barrett-Jackson's website:
Lot #2523 1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005"
1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005" - Front 3/4 - 1785861955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005" - Rear 3/4 - 1785861955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005" - Engine - 1785861955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005" - Interior - 1785861955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL #005" - Side Profile - 178586
Auction Scottsdale 2015
Reserve RESERVE
Status Sold
Price $242,000.00
Lot 2523
Year 1955
Make FORD
Model THUNDERBIRD
Style CONVERTIBLE VIN # 0005
*Includes Buyer Commission
}
Details
VIN P5FH100005
Exterior Color RAVEN BLACK
Interior Color BLACK/WHITE
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 292
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Description
Lot #2523 - The rarest of "Birds." Serial #005 was produced at the Michigan factory on September 9, 1954. This car came equipped with the 292 Y-block. Ford-O-Matic transmission, power steering, windows and seats. The wheelbase is 102". The BHP rating is 193 and the weight of the vehicle is 3,250 pounds. One of the first performance road tests of the newly created Thunderbird car was by a national magazine was tested on this same car. Sports Illustrated did an article October 4, 1954, entitled "Testing the Thunderbird," and this T-Bird was used as the test vehicle. Ford verified the status of this car in 1966, designated as the most valuable T-Bird in existence. This car has captured the attention of writers, collectors and car buffs throughout the United States and globally. This car has been featured in magazines, books, promotions, blogs, television shows and more. It has also made many special appearances at various museums, car shows and special events, like the 1984 Olympics. The Ford Motor Company commissioned the car, usually in its private trailer, to various events such as their national conferences and car shows including Ford headquarters in Dearborn, MI. It has been pictured with generations of Ford executives and celebrities such as Carroll Shelby, Barbara Streisand and Jay Leno, to name a few. The history of the Thunderbird dates back to the early 1950s, when a few individuals at the top of Ford's organizational chart conceived the idea of a sports car. Designer Frank Hershey fathered the idea of the sports car program that became the Thunderbird. The real history of this car dates back to 1965, when a well-admired gentleman and car buff by the name George Watts came across what he called "a needle in a haystack." After Ford officially verified the status of his car as the first production Thunderbird, he meticulously restored the "original" to original. After documenting every step with photos, it appeared three years later — as if it just rolled off the assembly line. The rest is history.

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Re: P5FH100004

Post by 64thunderbird64 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:39 pm

That is the info for 100005, not 100004

David Tulowitzky
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Re: P5FH100004

Post by David Tulowitzky » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:22 am

P5FH100004 was on the cover of the May/June Early Bird in 1972 with a two page article written by owner Jeff Barnes. Now in 2019 his daughter is looking for the whereabouts of this car that her father sold in 1978. As of this date, whether or not this Thunderbird exists is unknown.

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Re: P5FH100004

Post by 64thunderbird64 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:30 am

Do you happen to have that article handy? I don't believe I have read it!

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