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Mid-2000s Ford Thunderbirds Are More Expensive Than You’d Think

Here’s something you may not have known: Mid-2000s Ford Thunderbirds are surprisingly expensive. This may be shocking to anyone who remembers the mid-2000s Ford Thunderbird, because it wasn’t a particularly desirable car — quite the opposite, in fact, as it was known as a poorly conceived revival of a storied car name. But now they bring big money.

Here’s what I mean: If you go on Autotrader and search for 2002-2005 Thunderbird models, you will generally find them in the $15,000 to $25,000 range. Some are above $25,000, but those are uncommon — and of the 530 different 2002-2005 Thunderbird models currently listed for sale on Autotrader, a mere 50 are below $10,000. These seem to have hit a floor.

This shocks me because this wasn’t the most desirable car back when it was new, and here we are nearly 20 years later, and it’s still not the most desirable car. Yet there’s clearly some interest in these things, because a lot of them are commanding big money.

Of course, when I say "big money," the truth is that $15,000 to $25,000 isn’t that absurdly expensive, but these were in the $40,000 to $50,000 range back when they were new, so you’d think they’d be much closer to $5,000 by now — especially since basically every other Ford from this era is. The Lincoln LS, on which this Thunderbird is based, is a fantastic example, as it’s really cheap.

I’m not entirely sure why the Thunderbird has held its value better than expected, but it certainly has. If you’re looking for one of these for some reason, prepare to pay more than you might expect.  Find a Ford Thunderbird for sale

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