2003
Diecast, etc...  Classic Ford Thunderbirds
covering models for 1955, 1956, 1957
33 Models listed
The following is a listing of the classic T-bird toy models that have been released this year.  Some are *new models and some are *new paint jobs & some are new packages.  If you know of any  released this year, please e-mail me so I may add them to this list.
How to tell the difference between a '55, a '56 and a '57 Thunderbird

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1955 1956 1957
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2002-03 "NEW"
Thunderbird Models
RUMORS:  When or Will these appear?
*1956 black kid-size pedal car - There is a 1957 pedal car on the market.

1955 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photos
Manufacturer or Distributor / Country Scale Description
54 Fairlane Stripe thunderbird prototype . Durham Classics Automotive Miniatures / Canada 1/43 white/turquoise
54 Fairlane Stripe thunderbird prototype . Durham Classics Automotive Miniatures / Canada 1/43 Midnight Blue
54 Fairlane Stripe thunderbird prototype . Durham Classics Automotive Miniatures / Canada 1/43 Cream/Orange
55 Thunderbird . Paul's Model Art / Germany 1/43 Thunderbird blue; topless; part of series from Ford's 100th Anniversary set; made for Minichamps.
55 Thunderbird . Parker Bros / USA 1/87 pewter; one of 6 tokens in Ford 100th Anniversary Monopoly Game
55 Thunderbird; Ford 100th Anniversary . Matchbox / China 1/43 Thunderbird blue with blue top 
55 Thunderbird . Matchbox / China 1/43 black with Coca~Cola logo on lower front fender; topless; red and white interior
55 T-bird . Kurt S Adler / China 1/43 dusty yellow green ornament - licensed by Ford
55 T-bird clock . Case / China
clock works from Japan
1/43 gold color - like the silver color from 2002
1955 Tbird SS / China 1.24 white - same model as SS - packaged with chocolate gold coins by Galerie
1955 T-bird Polyfect / China 1/63 greenish teal or lavender blue - generic 55s with black bases - orange flames on hood - new colors for generic models that have been out for about 10 years. comes in 30 pack with many other cars.
1955 "Thunderbirds by the Sea" Custom SS / China 1:24 red with surf board.  Special for convention goers at CTCI regional at Ventura, California.
1955 Ford Thunderbird . Dept 56 / China 1/43 Ceramic & Plastic; Red with White plastic hardtop; white wall tires; black & white interior
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1956 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photos
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
56 Thunderbird Muscle Machines . Funline / China 1/64 white;  monster engine sticking up thru hood. large rear wheels Click  for real drag racing t-birds
56 Thunderbird, Muscle Machines . Funline / China black;  monster engine sticking up thru hood. large rear wheels
56 Thunderbird Busch / Germany 1/87 blue with white top
56 Thunderbird Busch / Germany 1/87 white with red top
56 Thunderbird Crown Premiums/ China 1/24 Red with white top, for Napa Tools
1956 Thunderbird Maisto / Chna 1.64 Red  with 6 spoke chrome wheels
56 Thunderbolt - Marvel Comics Series 2 Maisto/ China 1/64 Red with Thunderbolt graphics; found in 2-pack, 3-pack, and 5-pack
56 Thunderbird Muscle Machines Funline / china 1/64 Red, White & Blue Graphics; monster engine sticking up thru hood; limited edition; with red and blue wheels.
56 Thunderbird Muscle Machines Funline/China 1/64 Red, White & Blue Graphics; monster engine sticking up thru hood;chrome wheels, black tires
56 American Graffiti T-bird AMT/ERTL / China 1.24 Plastic model kit; white 56 with porthole hardtop;  released in fall 03 but not reported til winter 04  #31966
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1957 Thunderbirds:
Model # - Name
Photo
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
57 Thunderbird, Road Signature Leather Series
photo by FritsB
YatMing 1/18 Thunderbird Bronze; black interior with leather covered seats; white wall tires[SL]
57 T-bird - Hwy 35 Scorcher Series Hot Wheels . Mattel /  1/64 It is silver with a red top. It has flames down the whole side with 
no. 32 on rear fender and (scorchers) between the tires. The rims are 
grey spoke with chrome red edge. It has a HW highway 35 decal and 
flames on the trunk and flaming skull and flames on the hood. It also 
has a chance to win instant prizes with a token with the 57 on it.  It 
has a 12 page comic book, episode 32 of 35. The package is about 3 1/2 
by 7 1/2 with a domed bubble pack and the number is b0899. It also has 
yellow painted headlights. [ H.B.]
1957 Ford Thunderbird -  My Classic Cars" series
Matchbox / China 1/64 red convertible with chrome cont'l kit, tan interior;  "[SL,PS]
Precision Series Ertl / China 1/18 Dusk rose with white top
Phat Boyz 1957 Ford Thunderbird
 Kid-Riffic Toys (Simple Wishes) / China 2"x1.5" Plastic; purple with cream top; slightly larger than their release of the 57 at Christmas 2002; Comes with controller; needs 1 9V battery for controller and 3AAA batteries for charger
57 Ford Thunderbird
AMT/Ertl / China 1/25 Model Kit - black with red interior #31925
57 Hot Wheels Thunderbird Pro Street
Mattel 1/18 Red with white porthole  top with engine sticking out of hood; 
57 Hot Wheels Thunderbird Pro Street
 Mattel 1/18 Teal with teal porthole top with engine sticking out of hood; 
57 Thunderbird . Yat Ming / China 1/18 mint green with cont'l kit, white hardtop; black & white interior
57 Thunderbird
Majorette /  1/64 purple with sun graphic on hood and trunk, fish on door
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If you know of any other models that have been released this year, please e-mail me with a description - model/package # - Manufacturer - scale -- Description including colors available,&  & anything special about the car.  I will add it to the list.

Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
released in:  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Articles:
AVON Battle Bird,
Brooklin
Corgi
Hot Wheels
Matchbox
Micro Models
 Racing Champions 
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*  Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.  If you don't see your model listed in the '56 list it may be in the '55 list.  Manufacturer of many of those models is also hard to determine so distributor's name is listed which is why some models look the same but have different "manufacturers"


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