National Geographic : 1961 Nov
Today the car that brings the boldest new ideas to the American road is multiplied four times. For now there are four new Thunderbird models . . . paced by a unique expression of total luxury, the limited-edition Sports Roadster. Sleek as a racing hydroplane, arrogantly individual in its gleaming sweep of deck, this is the most exciting invitation to two-passenger travel ever issued . .. but removal of the tonneau cover reveals the standard Thunderbird rear seat when four must journey. (Particularly pleasant is the fact that the top can be raised with the tonneau cover in place.) There's also a Thunderbird in evening dress, the Landau coupe with leather-grained vinyl top; plus new versions of the four-passenger Hardtop and the swift-lined Convertible. All four pure Thunderbird, all sparkling with original Thunderbird ideas, from Swing-Away Steering Wheel to "floating" rear view mirror . . . and all crafted to Thunderbird standards of extraordinary quality. See them at your Ford Dealer's. The padded, leather-grained vinyl top of the Landau coupe expresses the Thunderbird spirit in terms of formal elegance, adds a traditional accent in the landau S-bar.