The first generation Thunderbird was something special. Those cars built between 1955 and 1957 will always be my favorite T-Birds because they were the pure vision of Ford’s “personal luxury car. They had sporty good looks and seating for just two. They were classy and powerful and would not look out of place racing along next to a Jaguar XK140. Later cars became more luxury than personal and lost some of that pizzazz along the way. I’d love to have one someday, but current values keep them out of reach for many of us. There is the prospect of a project though. Take this one found here on eBay for example. It’s pretty rough and will most likely cost more to restore than it would to buy a driver, but you could spread out the payments and feel good about saving a lame bird. What do you think – do you prefer your classics in affordable project form or are you will to pay a little more to get something that’s ready-to-drive?