AUTOS: Ford's Sport

Ford, which hates to take a back seat to Chevrolet, this week showed off its answer to Chevrolet's Corvette sports car. On view at Detroit's Auto Show is the company's first production sports car, a handsome racy-looking convertible called the Thunderbird.

Designed by Ford's engineers as a "personal" car as well as a competition sports car. the new model is light enough (weight: 2,833 Ibs.) for speed, has a wheel base long enough for comfort (102 in.) yet short enough for good roadability. With the top up. the car is only 51½ in. high. Under the hood is a...

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