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Diecast, etc...  Classic Ford Thunderbirds
covering models for 1955, 1956, 1957
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new Models 
The following is a listing of the classic T-bird toy models that have been released in 2004. 
Some will be new models and some will be new paint jobs & some are just new packages. 

Coming -  yellow 55 by Minichamps 
In 2001, a 1955 and a 1957 t-bird model were marketed by Coca Cola along with a truck & trailer - in plastic.  I have not seen either mold used again - where is it?  Both models had "Made in China" and either 1955 or 1957 "Ford Thunderbird" on the black chassis.  Though the 55 had sun visors and windwings, both models were well scaled and well detailed though in plastic.  Will we ever see them again?

Wanted - 1/64 or 1/63 scale 1955 Thunderbirds - nicely detailed.  How about it, Johnny Lightning? or Mattel Matchbox?

How to tell the difference between a '55, a '56 and a '57 Thunderbird
Scale Information

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1955 1956 1957
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Thunderbird Models

1955 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer or Distributor / Country Scale Description
1955 Thunderbird High Speed / China 1:43 Red with red and white seats; OR Aqua with aqua and blue seats; OR Silver with silver and red seats; topless
1955 Ford Thunderbird ARKO / China 1/32 light green; white hardtop, wire wheels, lite green and white interior.  Nice quality model. May have come out in 2005.  Marketed by Motor Mint
Ford Thunderbird 1955: Les Pirates Du Silence Atlas / China 1/43 Red with cream interior;  Man in driver's seat;  Marketed  in France; available only to subscribers of the series of models this model came out with.  series depicts cars in a comic book series about Spirou from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
1956 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer  or Distributor / Country Scale Description
Johnny Lightning "Rock Art" Elvis Presley Playing Mantis/ China 1/63 green, topless; Elvis signature; wheels chrome; mini-record
Johnny Lightning "Rock Art" Elvis Presley White Lightning
Playing Mantis / China 1/63 green, topless; signature; white wheels & chassis; Elvis signature; mini-record
Classic 1956 Ford Thunderbird . AMT 1/24 Model Kit; top graphic show light green 1956
1956 Thunderbird  / China 9 inches Ceramic
1956 Thunderbird . Franklin Mint / China 1/24 Sunset Coral;with tan interior, white seat inserts; removeable white porthole top
1956 Ford Thunderbird Maisto / China 1/64 Peacock Blue; porthole hardtop; black windows; 6 spoke hubs; on chassis
1956 Ford Thunderbird "Elvis Lives" car is red, not pink as photo appears Playing Mantis / China 1/63 Red with white stripes on hood; Elvis "signature"; wheels chrome.  Part of a set that comes with 8  5-paks of trading cards. [I do not know if there are any white lightnings associated with this color variation.]
1956 Ford Thunderbird . Danbury Mint 1/24 Black; black hardtop; black cont'l kit; black & white interior; released in Sept/Oct? last of series of 3 Thunderbirds released by D.M. for 2006. 
1956 Ford Thunderbird . Motor Max 1/24 Model Kit - Grey Primer; comes with 2 sets of Flame Decals; photo on box shows it has the Continental Kit

1957 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer or Distributor / Country Scale Description
Hot wheels Classics . Mattel /  1/64 Spectraflame dark blue; porthole top, white stripe on lower side.
Hot Wheels Classics Mattel / 1/64 Spectraflame antifreeze green; porthole hardtop; white stripe on rocker panel
JLC1009-PK - 55/56/57 Thunderbird China 1/14 Hand formed Tin, pink.  looks like 55/56 from front end, 57 rear end; all white interior with 55 seat shape; black cont'l kit and extended bumper.
Hot Wheels Classics Mattel / China 1/64 Spectraflame purple to pink; (yes. there are color variations of this color) porthole top, white stripe on rocker panel
57 Thunderbird Classics Matchbox/Mattel / China 1/64 Black and white; topless; black & white interior; cont'l kit; in 5 pack with other classic cars; 2 different styles of wheels available
Hot Wheels Classics . Mattel / China 1/64 Black(dark blue/purple) Spectraflame; porthole hardtop; white stripe on rocker panel - released Sept. 06
1957 Thunderbird SuperFast . Matchbox-Mattel / China 1/63 White; black interior; topless; cont'l kit - 2007 model released just before Christmas 2006; on card, packaged with box with t-bird graphic.

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
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
AVON Battle Bird,
Hot Wheels
Micro Models
 Racing Champions 
*  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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