The Ford Thunderbird was by far the most frequently seen type of car in the classic Thunderbirds episodes.
The miniatures were die cast metal toy cars from Corgi's 1959 Ford Thunderbird range, either No. 214 (hardtop) or No. 215 (convertible). Larger, scratch built cars of this type were also built, for use in close-up shots.
Corgi 1959 Ford Thunderbird No. 214Edit
Australian Irrigation PlantEdit
A red Ford Thunderbird hard top was seen driving away from the irrigation plant when fire broke out in The Mighty Atom.
Note the blue van in the background.
Corgi 1959 Ford Thunderbird No. 214.SEdit
Joe Carter's Ford ThunderbirdEdit
Corgi 1959 Ford Convertible No. 215Edit
Thompson Tower Controller's CarEdit
This is the red Ford Thunderbird convertible that the Thompson Tower Controller lent to Scott to get back to Thunderbird 2 in City Of Fire. This is simply a re-painted version of the Ford Thunderbird used throughout the series.
Crook with Machine Gun's CarEdit
Warren Grafton's CarEdit
Harry Malloy's Open Top CarEdit
Tom Prescott's CarEdit
Brains' (Mr Hackenbackers) CarEdit
1/24th Scale plastic kitsEdit
Several manufactures produced plastic kits of the 1959 Ford Thunderbird. Staff at the workshop in Slough more than likely purchased kits available locally at the time. Below are two examples of 1/24th scale kits, but it is unknown what kits were actually used in the making of Thunderbirds.