Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Surfin Bird
1959 Ford Thunderbird owned and restyled by Bo Sandberg of Yankee Custom Parts in Älvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden. Photos taken of the car in May of 1961, shows it light blue. In 1962 Bo shaved the car for door handles. He painted it red, maroon or burgundy, and he fit it with a 1955 DeSoto grille bar.
By 1964, Bo had turned the Thunderbird into a custom named the "Surfin Bird". The Surfin Bird featured modified headlights, an extended hood scoop, dual sunken antennas in the driver door and, Foxcraft fender skirts and a Tee-Boyd tonneau cover. The door handles had been shaved and replaced by solenoids, and the deck lid and windows were electrical operated. Bo painted the car Pearl White at his shop Yankee Custom Parts. In 1965 The Surfin Bird version of the car was shown at the first annual Hot Rod Show in Stockholm.
In 1971, the Surfin Bird was featured in Colorod Nr.2 1971. By then it was owned by Kjell Arne Pettersson of Sollentuna, Sweden. Kjell Arne had just straightened the old custom up, and installed a 406 cubic inches V8 engine from a 1964 Ford along with a 1965 Ford Thunderbird transmission. Kjell had also installed electrical door locks and directional lights from a 1967 Ford Thunderbird. The car had been repainted in Cadillac Capri Aqua Metallic by Yankee Custom Parts, and pinstriped in red and blue by "Sillen". Camaro seats had been installed, the entire interior, including the top was newly upholstered by Alfa Bilklädsel in white. Tinted windows and a radio hi-fi system had been installed along with a set off 14x6 Rader Wheels. Disk brakes from a 1967 Ford Cougar provided stopping power.
1974, the car was sold to Hagfors in Värmland county. It stayed there at two owners before Mats Rommedahl from Järbo bought it in 1980 for 29 000 SEK.
Mats will preserve the car in the same shape it had in the sixties and he insists on never selling it!
Colorod Nr.2 1971
Power Magazine 5/1995
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