35th Anniversary Thunderbird Registry

35th Anniversary Edition Package

The 35th Anniversary Edition Thunderbird debuted in January 1990 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Thunderbird. The Super Coupe was chosen as the model to be used and there were 3,371 produced. All 35th Anniversary Edition Thunderbirds were painted black with titanium silver lower body cladding and had a special thin blue pin stripe running along the middle of the doors and fenders, special 35th Anniversary medallions on the front fenders, and unique hood and taillight emblems with blue accent. The wheels were painted by a multi process- basecoat, clear coat procedure developed by Reynolds Aluminum of Italy and used unique black center caps with blue accented bird emblems. The interior seats were a combination of black leather and titanium gray suede inserts outlined by thin blue piping. There was a smaller version of the 35th Anniversary fender medallions on the inside of each door. Some but not all had sunroofs.

From the Ford 35th Anniversary Press Kit, the standard equipment is a five-speed manual transmission (with the four speed automatic overdrive available as an option), anti-lock braking system with four-wheel disc brakes, special handling suspension with automatic ride control, Traction-Lok rear axle, performance tires, performance analog instrument cluster, and articulated sport seats. Options include anti-theft system, power moonroof, all-season performance tires, Ford JBL audio system, compact disc player, keyless entry system, and a light convenience group. The Preferred Equipment package was also available containing an AM/FM cassette stereo radio, speed control, tilt steering wheel, power driver's seat, power lock group, and rear window defroster. Clear side marker lights, that illuminated the side of the front corner of the car when the turn signals and headlights were used, were an option to be specified as well.



3.8 L V-6 SuperCharged Engine   Black Leather and Suede seats   35th Anniversary Front Floor Mats
35th Anniversary Door Panel Emblems   Special Black SC wheels with black centers   35th Anniversary Hood Emblem

35th Anniversary Fender Badge
above a blue body pin stripe

The 35th Anniversary Gift Package
At the time of purchase, the new owner was presented with a special letter of congratulations and appreciation from Ford along with a 35th Anniversary Gift Package. This Gift Package included special floormats with commorative 35th Anniversary emblems, a car cover with bag, special 35th Anniversary key blanks and key chain, 35th Anniversary pen, suede upholstery cleaning kit, and the Automobile Quarterly book, Soaring Spirit - 35 years of the Ford Thunderbird. The dealers had a press release kit and special posters depicting the 35th Anniversary Thunderbird in the foreground and other previous years in the background.

35th Anniversary floor mats.   35th Anniversary car cover inside it's carrying case.
Suede cleaning kit with solution, brushes, and instructions.   Accessories kit with 35th Anniversary keys, keychain, ink pen, and cassette tape with head cleaner.


35th Anniversary ink pen   35th Anniversary key blanks

"Soaring Spirit" by John F. Katz, was given to some first time buyers.   35th Anniversary key chain
And of course, the owner's manual.   1990 Ford Thunderbird Sales Brochure.

Dealer Promotional Items


Dealer Press Kit   Press Kit: Open for Display


Some dealers got these special postcards.   35th Anniversary Dealer poster

My thanks to all who have contributed to this summary of the 35th Anniversary Edition Thunderbird.