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The original design of the Ford Thunderbird was a collaborative effort led by Lewis D. Crusoe, the chief stylist at Ford at the time. Crusoe, along with his team that included notable designers such as Albert McNea, worked on creating a stylish and sporty car to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette, and they came up with the initial design for the first-generation Thunderbird.

The first-generation Thunderbird, introduced in 1955, was heavily influenced by the Ford Vega concept car, which was designed by William P. Boyer and had a significant impact on the final design of the Thunderbird. Boyer's design featured a long hood, a short rear deck, and a low, sleek profile, which became synonymous with the Thunderbird's design.

After the initial design, the Thunderbird went through various changes and updates with the involvement of different designers and stylists as the car evolved over the years. Notable designers at the Detroit design studios who contributed to Thunderbird's design include William M. Schmidt, Alex Tremulis, William P. Boyer, Gale Halderman, and Albert McNea.

Artwork Description:

Size: 24”x18”

Materials: Pencil, Marker Pen & Gouache on vellum