This 2004 Ford Thunderbird is all about being a great modern cruiser with a retro-style appeal

So you have the iconic lines and legendary porthole hardtop that also now features a fuel-injected V8, fully independent suspension, and loaded A/C interior.

We love these final-gen T-birds because they have a long and fashionable style that was unmistakably inspired by the first cars nearly a half-century prior. And we especially love the optional hardtop with the hallmark porthole window. But while this has an all-American appeal, there’s also something more. There is also a sand-colored power-folding soft top, and that provides a more contemporary level of style. Heck, you may even call it European because of the black & tan nature of the roof against the paint. There has been a partial respray in a driver-quality finish. This has a value price to leave money in your budget in case you want to invest in upgrading the finish. But there really is a nice appeal to how this is presented today. After all, this looks very clean and complete cruising on the highway, and this has the kind of overall presentation that won’t make you nervous about using it for weekend getaways. That makes for an ideal modern classic you can use to the fullest. And there’s an underlying quality you’ll love by just seeing the straightness of the sheet metal and the completeness of the full package, right down to the distinct 16-spoke alloy wheels.

While we like the options of a black hardtop or a tan soft top, we love the look of the black and tan two-tone interior. So just like the first-gen Thunderbird, this looks best with no roof at all. But what makes this an excellent modern cruiser is the level of modern luxury. The seats are done in supple leather, and they are heated. This combines with the dual-zone automatic A/C climate control to make sure you and your passenger can be comfortable while open to the world nearly any time of year. The driver gets a modern take on the Thunderbird logo on the steering wheel, and beyond that are white-faced gauges that also carry cool retro pastel needles. This comes loaded with everything you could want, including power seats, power locks, keyless entry/alarm, power steering, cruise control, dual airbags, and a premium AM/FM CD changer stereo.

Ford’s fuel-injected 3.9-liter DOHC V8 was the right choice for the Thunderbird. After all, a proper T-bird needs eight cylinders, and this one had the modern amenities to give it smooth power at both the low and top ends. This is the numbers-matching motor, and as you can see from the fresh presentation, it has been well maintained in this actual mileage car. The five-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive is an ideal pairing for an all-day cruiser. In fact, while this Thunderbird is a personal luxury car like its ancestors, it comes with a fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and ABS. So it’s a true modern driver that will just be begging for you to take a road trip.

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