2004 Ford Thunderbird Deluxe 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl 5A)
Yep, old enough to remember when the first Thunderbird appeared in late 1954. Got my T-bird fifty years later after testing a Z4, Corvette, and S2000. Never fails to bring a smile during sunny days on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fifty years gets you a five-speed shiftable automatic, refined interior, understated lines, and one of the highest-tech V8s on the planet. A daily driver with mileage in the 20s, until you press the loud pedal. Goes fast,fast. Best of all, everything is fixable by your local Ford dealer at Taurus rates. The power top operates easily, with only one latch needed to snug it up. The cloth top is lined and quiet, but it is a shame to drive this car with the top up
Smooth ride, no-surprise handling and more than adequate performance for American drivers on American roads. The engine response and sound alone is well worth the price of admission. Probably the best buy in used roadsters.
Should the 'bird ever see production again, a retractable hard top would be the best of both worlds.