March Spotlight Vehicle: 2003 Ford Thunderbird

Posted Thursday, Mar 24, 2022

In the movie “Die Another Day,” released in 2002, the character Jinx, played by Halle Berry, was seen driving a coral red Ford Thunderbird. The following year, Ford released a limited edition Thunderbird in the same color to commemorate the first time that the iconic car appeared in a James Bond film. The color also matches the bikini worn by Berry in the movie.

Apart from the unique coral paint, the model comes with 21-spoke chrome wheels, an understated 007 badge on the instrument panel, and a numbered commemorative plaque inside the glove box. Now you can own a piece of cinema history because this limited-edition Ford Thunderbird is available at Lucky Car Ducky in Fresno, CA.

Engine and Transmission

When you pop the hood of the 2003 Ford Thunderbird, you’ll see a 3.9-liter V-8 engine with 280 horsepower. You can find the same engine in the Jaguar S-Type and the Lincoln LS. Power is transferred to the wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain setup provides quick acceleration and allows the vehicle to cruise smoothly on the freeway.


The 2003 Ford Thunderbird is a beautiful car, and it’s sure to attract attention wherever you take it. This two-door car comes with a white power-retractable convertible top. It has a retro look, making it perfect for those looking for a vintage-looking vehicle.

Interior and Comfort

The 2003 Ford Thunderbird comes with two performance white seats that you can adjust independently with power switches found on the side. The layout of the instruments is reminiscent of the 1955 model. But instead of red, white, and black, seafoam green needles are used in the gauges.

One of the advantages of a small interior is that everything is within reach. You’ll also appreciate the thick steering wheel that feels good in the hands even after driving the whole day. The standard power tilting and telescoping steering wheel and the built-in cruise control buttons add comfort and convenience.

Driving and Handling

The 2003 Ford Thunderbird is a well-balanced car that handles corners very well. The capable V8 engine and traction control ensure a powerful yet controlled acceleration. It can go from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds flat. Despite the power, this car is relatively quiet.

The car’s excellent ride quality and handling are partly because of the strength and stiffness of its body structure and chassis. The brake system offers plenty of stopping power that can help keep you safe in emergencies. Overall, the Ford Thunderbird is a pleasure to drive.

The limited-edition 2003 Ford Thunderbird available at Lucky Car Ducky in Fresno, CA, only has 39,247 miles on its odometer. It’s a steal at $32,900 because of the history behind the vehicle. If you’re a James Bond fan, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to own the first Thunderbird featured in the movie franchise. You can visit Lucky Car Ducky to see the vehicle up close. You can even take it for a test drive.

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