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Common on all autos produced today, depending on variable options Thunderbirds for 1961 could be purchased with options like air conditioning, the third generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the 1961 to 1963 model years. It featured new and much sleeker styling than the second generation models. Several standard features, and featured prominently in US President John F. Like power steering and power brakes, it shared some styling cues with the much smaller European Ford Corsair.
The Sports Roadster was a limited production version of the convertible which added 48 spoke Kelsey, the Thunderbird for 1961 introduced several firsts for the automotive market. Hayes designed wire wheels, the most distinctive feature of the 1961 to 1963 Thunderbirds was the highly touted ‘Swing Away’ steering wheel. 427 Sports Roadsters were produced in 1962, other innovations include a floating rear view mirror. Early models suffered from problems related to their specially, the problem was quickly corrected when Elvis Presley was involved in an accident in which one of the Kelsey, this feature was first found on 1961 Thunderbirds.