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Photos from various
New Car or Club Shows in 1999
|This car was such a sensation at
the 1999 Detroit Auto Show, Jan 3, 1999, that Ford immediately contracted
to have two more cars built for the show circuit - one in red and one in
black. Both were ready by March 1999 for the show circuit in Europe.
Hoods and trunks were kept closed during shows. Ford did not yet
have an engine ready to show with these cars. These 3 show cars were
shown at various shows around the US, Canada, and Europe. The "Inspiration
Yellow" showcar was the first one. Though it used the same color
name as the production 2002 Thunderbird yellow, it is a much lighter shade.
The black model is noted for the all red interior. Ford did not carry
that full color style into the production models but opted for the 2-tone
or "full or partial accent" interior color choices along with the full
black interior choices. I miss the full color as it's so striking
but the full accent is a beautiful replacement. Ford did not officially
approve the design for production until May 22, 2000.
Here is a youtube video by Motor Week of the NAIAS Detroit Show where the concept first appeared.
The yellow Concept Thunderbird was at the Wichita, Kansas CTCI Regional over the 4th of July, 1999 weekend. When talking with the design company personnel accompanying the yellow show car at the Kansas show that summer, they mentioned that the red and black were ready in 6 weeks. All 3 are made of fiberglass and more fragile than a production car.
I'm still looking in my boxes for photos of the black that I took in 2000 while at a CTCI International Convention in Chicago. The black was sold at auction to a Museum/Dealership in Florida in 2003 where it still resides. The museum has not posted any current photos of the black concept Thunderbird, however visitors have spotted it there and have taken pictures.
The fate of the yellow is still unknown. The red became the Sport Roadster concept and has since been sold at auction by Ford (2010). Whereabouts is now known for the Sport Roadster.
Note the aluminum center stack in the red interior pictures. Many owners have lamented the fact that Ford did not continue that treatment with the production cars, however, some owners have made use of aftermarket companies that cater to automotive interior decorating.
Click on photos for larger view:
| Wichita, Kansas Regional
Wichita, Kansas Regional
| Geneva, Switzerland
| Internationale Automobil Ausstellung
More recent photos of the Black Concept including Engine compartment
are at this link:
also a short article with photos at "Forgotten Fiberglass.com
A link to the Lincoln Mark X Concept
Wichita, Kansas CTCI Regional
over the 4th of July, 1999 weekend.
| this page has existed since 10/27/99
updated Jan 2012, May 2014