Jon Crispin's Notebook

Ford Thunderbird LX “Roadster”

Posted in Automobiles, ephemera, Friends, Jon Crispin, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 18/04/2018


I have posted here and here about my interest in how American car companies choose to name special models of their cars.  It seems like this was really popular back in the 80s and 90s.


This T-Bird belongs to our friends Suzan and Max, and they love this car!  They are grad students from the Netherlands and did what many Europeans do when buying a vehicle in the States; get some serious “Detroit Iron”.  I couldn’t find a specific reference to this Roadster model.  I’ll have to ask Max if this is the 6 or 8 cylinder, and what year it is.


I really love the Thunderbird logo.  It looks very Southwestern.


It appears in several places around the car.  None more beautiful than the one in the grille on the front bumper.


I wouldn’t think those are real turquoise stones.

I tried to explain to Suzan that the term “roadster” doesn’t exactly fit this style of vehicle. This particular model is from the 10th generation of T-birds which were produced starting in 1989.


Windshield Wonder

Posted in Automobiles, Windows by joncrispin on 20/06/2010

Ever since I saw the Windshield Wonder advertised I knew I wanted one.  Today being Father’s Day, I had hopes that Cris and Peter would oblige.  I guess they could read my mind.  The coolest thing is that it really works and it is well made!  I am totally diggin’ it, although I have been cautioned not to use it while driving.  (Hey Tom, I still have the swim tag hanging from my rearview.)

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