The third generation Thunderbird was made to look easy
Earlier this month, Jack White, the former guitarist of "The White Stripes" released his first album under his own name, entitled "Blunderbuss." Now, I've always looked forward Jack's endeavors – even when that meant bearing through his experimentations with Tom Jones and Insane Clown Posse – but the new album is a bit of a coming together, pulling strands from his decade of musical experimentation into something that's more well-rounded and smooth, even if it's not as grabbing as some of his exciting early work.
This comparison can be made to the 1961-63 Thunderbirds, some of the most overlooked versions of this classic American vehicle. And there may be a reason. These models lacked the jagged, intricate lines of the second generation models or the original wow factor that made the first generation versions such as success, even against competition like the Corvette.
By comparison, the third generation models adopted smooth lines and a relatively simple if unexpected profile while maintaining the rocket age feel of many American offerings from the period. Perhaps most importantly, though, was that the excess of the times only had a positive effect on the '63 Thunderbird. While these versions featured tail fins, they were relatively modest compared to the clownish attachments engineers made to the Coup de Ville and other turn-of-the-decade luxury vehicles.
In place of these exaggerated car accents were luxury upgrades. For example, the swing-away steering wheel and center glove box helped separate their interior design, while their air conditioning, power windows, power seats and power brakes made the car modern without sacrificing class.
As a result, it's no surprise that those who still own the vehicle like to keep it in mint condition. For a great example, check out Hawkeye's 63 T-bird, which exemplifies the effortlessness of this classic model.