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 Elegant Thunderbird Made Ready for a Neiman Marcus’ Christmas

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - On Aug. 18, 2000, Ford unveiled its exclusive 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Thunderbird at the 50th Annual Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

At the event, Ford announced it would offer 200 uniquely designed T-Birds to be sold exclusively through the Neiman Marcus “Christmas Book” at an MSRP of $41,995.

The elegantly designed Thunderbird stood out with a number of one-of-a-kind design elements setting it apart from other T-Birds, including a black body finish, with a removable silver top that was highlighted with the Thunderbird insignia etched in to the porthole glass and a hood scoop adorned with trim accents  and a chrome bezel.

The black and silver theme was carried through the interior, with a silver shift knob, silver lower door panel to match the aluminum molding and inserts on the padded instrument panel. Additionally, the seats contained a perforated silver leather insert surrounded by black leather.

Understated Neiman Marcus badges were featured on the instrument panel and floor mats, with the Thunderbird badge embossed on the seat backs.

In 1970, the Ford Thunderbird first appeared in the Neiman Marcus catalog.  Customers could order “His and Hers” 1971 Neiman Marcus Thunderbirds with extras such as custom interior and exterior styling, a shaver and an eight-track tape player.    

  

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