Classic Ford Thunderbird Collectibles
'55 to '57 Diecasts, etc...
covering T-birds released since 1954 -
Not for sale.
Lists by year and manufacturer plus Articles about some
of the major Models made by some of those manufacturers such as Corgi,
Mattel's Hot Wheels, Brooklin, Racing Champions, and Matchbox
to use these Lists
|Diecast Classic Thunderbird Models released in:
Scales will be corrected on the lists as I have the time for it.
|Mattel's Hot Wheels
+ HW list to 2011
|Articles covering the Mattel Hot Wheels classic
T-bird models from 1968 to the 2009
||Covering the Avon models from 1974 to present
||Photos, list and short history of the Corgi 1957 Thunderbird
|MatchBox and Dinky
||Photos and history of the Matchbox Thunderbird plus the
Dinky models - 3 pages.
||The short history of the 1956 RC model.
||1/84 or smaller; photos and descriptions.
||List of Brooklin Thunderbirds with photos
||Some photos of the real "Battlebird" and it's scale models.
||Some of the Maisto releases
||photos of the various classic T-birds made specifically
||Pewter models of the 55 and 56 Thunderbird
Diecast Links for more information
Other Diecast Links
||Covering the original Promo models by AMT from 1955-57
|Tbird UK's Roost
||55-97 Thunderbird, 1/32 or smaller
||History & info on Power Car Company
||beginnings of Aluminum Model Toys
||history thru the years of AMT
||Micro scale model collector's "museum"
||Micro Machines model lists
||Diecast article about Summer diecast by Doug Beithrupt
||Follow up article about Summer diecast by Steve Masson
||Website on the Monogram Predicta Thunderbird - very extensive
||Listing of Kiko models including the Thunderbird
of Toy Cars Webzine
Matchbox collectors ~ Europe
French Majorette Club : catalogs
back to 1969
lists of White Lightning models
toynutz.com : Diecast toy link
with manufacturer lists
: Texas HW Club plus extensive list of hotwheels
to Collecting Toy Autos: Suggested by the Boy Scouts from Seattle,
Retail diecast outlets - use at your own risk.
Diecast ~ carries new 1/43 to 1/18 scale models
Exotic Car ~
carries new 1/24, 1/18 scale models
~ source for old promos, old model kits
~ carries new 1/24, 1/18 scale models
Thortek ~ carries
new ~ 1/43 to 1/18 scale models
~ 1/24, 1/18 scale models
Diecast & Decals
~ custom decals if you're repainting
Fever ~ various Thunderbird models
Fairfield Mint ~ several
Thunderbird models, sometimes carry exclusives
mDiecast ~ search on "Thunderbird"
for list of Thunderbird scale models, all years.
Retail Memorabilia: use at your own risk.
Online : various accessories for the early T-bird.
J & O Fabric Store :
carries novelty fabrics with cars including thunderbirds
Post-ers.com: posters of 56
T-bird in various colors, other
Concept and 2002 2003 2004 2005
Ford Thunderbird Collectibles
These pages are lists of items & photos found from 1999
to the current time all dealing with the new Ford Thunderbird.
Not for sale.
Places to find these items and new ones on the market:
www.ebay.com, Toy stores, Hobby shops and general Discount
Stores such as Walmart, Target. Models may also be found as seasonal
items in grocery stores and in Drug stores, anywhere toys are sold.
Diecast Scale Model
2002 2003 2004 2005 Thunderbirds
2002 2003 2004 2005
Ford Thunderbird Diecast Models and
Concept Thunderbird Diecast
|Lists of the diecast, plastic, etc...scale models of
the 2002. 2003, and 2004 2005 T-bird and the Concept Thunderbird
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Ford Thunderbird Collectibles
| Memorabilia from
1999 thru current
|Press kits, posters, etc...
||posters, calendars, brochures, etc...
1956 and 1957 Continental
The Continental division was a separate division
of Ford Motor Company from 1953-1958 then was merged into the Lincoln Division.
The Mark II is not considered a Lincoln by Mark II owners. It's formal
name is Continental Mark II with no "Lincoln" attached to the front.
Scale models of
the Continental Mark II
Wanted: Someone to pick where YatMing left off
in producing a 1/64 scale model of the 1956/1957 Continental Mark II; It's
only been made in one color.
1957 Ford Station Wagon
of the 57 Ford Station Wagon
|About these lists & Me:
I've been collecting classic Thunderbird models since 1966 though not
seriously until about 1983. I've been cataloging my finds since 1985.
Most of the year dates you see associated with a model were when they were
found new on the market. Dates earlier than 1983 are guesstimates
or dates noted in other publications or dates on the models themselves.
I've had an interest in the Classic T-bird since they first came out
in 1954 though my very first T-bird model was a kit that I gave my husband
when we first married. My youngest sister eventually passed her childhood
T-bird tootsietoy to me, devoid of all but a few spots of red paint and
with a broken piller but it's treasured as the more pristine models are.
I've been a member of Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI)
since 1974. I've been in contact with other T-bird collectors from around
the states and Europe thru CTCI and my local club connections. The
internet has increased my abilities to communicate with other collectors
and a network has developed. The internet was in full swing when the 1999
concept Thunderbird was introduced so have been able to keep up with models
introduced for that car and the production car.
Resources used for the Retrobird pages have included Ford news releases,
Ford's websites during the time of introduction of the Thunderbird (security
wasn't in place on a lot of their pages & sites during that time),
Ford brochures for customers and Ford dealers, picked up from dealers themselves
or eBay.com, plus some inside info when someone was willing to leak info,
usually with Ford appearing to "look the other way" when it occured; nothing
ever sensitive was released even that way.
The listings here are not totally complete but I am constantly working
to improve that. The past few years have found me working on the
New Thunderbird site but I'm back to giving more time to these collections
lists. The move to this site has helped quite a bit. If you
have questions or information, let me know thru my contact
page or my weblog
Manufacturers or Distributors of Thunderbirds:
~ Ertl Collectibles ~ Round 2 (new company)
AutoWorldStore - outlet
part of Hongwell Toy Limited,
Mattel / Matchbox
Signs etc for the railroad hobbyist
incorporating several familiar diecast brands including Johnny Lightnings,
AMT, ERTL, the former Racing Champions, & American Muscle, have sold
their AMT model kit and ERTL Collectibles lines to Auto World, 2009.
Summer Metals, Inc.
Yat Ming ? on the way out?