Children's LiteratureAfter Chevrolet introduced the Corvette, Ford needed a car to compete with it. Ford created a sports car that was different, the Thunderbird. It had sharper edges, a powerful V-8 engine, and it came in a variety of colors. The two seater only lasted three years, from 1955-1958, because people wanted a larger car. As a result, Ford introduced a larger Thunderbird that held four passengers and had more trunk space. This appealed to older people and families. The Thunderbird also become a race car. As time progressed the Thunderbird became longer and wider. By 1976 the Thunderbird was quite big. At that time, gasoline became expensive and people were purchasing small cars that used less gasoline. By 1977 Ford accommodated customers and introduced a smaller, luxurious model. This was followed by an auto with a "aero" look. It had the smooth shape of an airplane. Over the years there were other improvements, better brakes, engines that emitted less pollution and handled well on the road. The company stopped making the Thunderbird in 1997 because it was not selling. In 2001, Ford went back to the 1950 design but with modern innovations. The history of the Thunderbird, as told by the author, is interesting because it clearly lays out the competition between automakers. This is part of the "Classic Cars" series of the Imagination Libraries. 2002, Garth Stevens Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.