AUTOS: The T-Bird Grows Up

As a black Thunderbird rolled off a Ford plant assembly line, a worker affectionately scrawled in soap on the hood: "Bye, bye, baby." It signaled the end of the two-seater T-bird; this week Ford put out the car's 1958 successor, the ballyhooed four-seater. Ford's affection for the T-bird sprang from its surprising success. Ford expected to lose some $10 million on the car but make it up in added prestige for standard Fords. Instead, it sold twice as well as expected (53,166 produced in all), and made a profit to boot. The sleek new T-bird will be another entry in...

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