BEACH, Calif. - Dressed in a formal design for a very special occasion,
the 2002 Ford Thunderbird makes its official debut at the 50th Annual
Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. Ford announced it would offer 200
uniquely designed Neiman Marcus Edition Thunderbirds exclusively through
the specialty retailer's new "Christmas Book."
Ford Thunderbird is one of the most treasured automotive nameplates in
history," said J Mays, Ford Motor Company's vice president of
Design. "The 2002 Thunderbird is sure to be prized by collectors
and car enthusiasts everywhere. With the Neiman Marcus Edition, we
wanted to create a very special, very limited number of cars that would
stand out as the most cherished of the new Thunderbirds."
Neiman Marcus Edition Thunderbird, on sale later this year, stands out
with a number of one-of-a-kind design elements setting it apart from
other 2002 Thunderbirds. The car features a black body finish with a
removable silver top, creating a striking, elegant style for the modern
dream car. The removable top is highlighted with the Thunderbird
insignia etched into the porthole glass. Chrome 17-inch wheels match the
A-pillar. The hood scoop is adorned with trim accents and a chrome
black and silver theme is carried through to the interior. The steering
wheel and shift knob are painted silver to match the exterior roof and
accent colors. The lower door panel is silver to match the aluminum
molding and inserts on the padded instrument panel. The seats contain a
perforated, silver leather insert surrounded by black leather.
Neiman Marcus badges are featured on the instrument panel and floor
mats. The Thunderbird badge is embossed on the seat backs.
the content for the special Thunderbird is packaged together, the
portion of the vehicle identification number that identifies the series
will be unique for the Neiman Marcus Edition Thunderbird.
Neiman Marcus Thunderbird will be available exclusively through the
Neiman Marcus Christmas Book beginning Sept. 25 at a manufacturer's
suggested retail price of $41,995. To order customers will call a
Ford Thunderbird was first featured in the Neiman Marcus catalog in
1970. Customers could order "His and Hers" 1971 Neiman Marcus
Thunderbirds with extras such as custom interior and exterior styling, a
shaver and an 8-track tape player.
addition to the festivities surrounding the 50th Anniversary Pebble
Beach Concours d'Elegance, The Thunderbird American Dream Car Tour will
conclude its 144-city tour in Pebble Beach on Aug. 15. The tour,
featuring three vintage 1950s Thunderbirds, traveled the continental
U.S. generating interest in the Thunderbird and promoting web
registrations at www.fordvehicles.com. More than 150,000 visitors have
visited the American Dream Car Tour website to obtain information and
register to win one of the vehicles.
its 50th anniversary this year, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is
the world's foremost event for the display and judging of classic cars.
The event draws over 200 exquisitely restored cars from around the
world, exhibited by classes ranging from the very earliest cars through
the 1960's. Car selection is based upon exceptional design and technical
merit, and the Concours presents itself with the statement that
"cars seen here can never be seen as a group anywhere else."
Among collectors, it is considered an honor to have one's car invited
for display, and it is the ultimate honor to win a trophy at Pebble
Beach. The event attracts enthusiasts, media and corporations from
around the world and annually raises approximately $500,000 for area
charities including the American Red Cross, United Way, and Boys and