The genesis of the Ford Thunderbird can be traced back to the end of World War II. Many American GI's stationed in England during the war acquired a taste for the sleek and agile MG's and Jaguars. Chevy answered the call with its famous Corvette, prompting Ford's brilliant response. The Thunderbird is somewhat less sporting than the Corvette, but more comfortable and luxurious. It's plenty potent, however, with a 285 hp V-8.