The two-seater Thunderbird was a direct response to Chevy's introduction of the Corvette. As you already know, it doesn't have nearly the lineage of 'vettes today, but the styling of the car made it an instant classic. The "luxury" car, as Ford advertised it, actually heavily outsold the Chevy's sports car. The car came standard with a 312 cu.-in., 5.1-liter V8 that produced 245 horsepower. This was the last year, before Ford made a significant redesigned for the second generation of the car.