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Is it Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary?

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 1961 Ford Thunderbird (White In Night Satin)

My 1961 Ford Thunderbird is 50 years old this year. Actually, I haven't taken the time to look up the car's actual build date, but just going by the car's model year and present actual calendar year this is the year it becomes a half century old.
Looking at the car it's hard to believe it's actually half a century old. Maybe that's a reflection on how old I am, because when I start using the word "century" I have thoughts of headlights that are attached on top of fenders that are attached to the sides of the cars. My '61 T-Bird actually looks kind of modern for an antique car.
Then we get into that great question of "How old does a car have to be to be considered an antique?" Based on Minnesota automobile license plate laws, any car 20 years old or older is an antique, although they have sub-categories within that antique definition that would indicate a car built after 1948 is a "collector" car. I've heard other arguements that a car must be 25 years old or 50 years old to be an antique, or that it must've been built before World War II (what, not enough people were killed in any the wars after WWII to create a new dividing point for antique cars?). And if the latter definition is used, how many years do we wait before we finally move that WWII boundary up to include some of the millions of cars built after then?
Regardless of whether or not my T-Bird is an antique, there is no question that it has become a half century old this year. And when we're talking about a mechanical product that is still performing its intended functions, I think that's very significant. And when I look at the odometer, it means this car averaged about 2400 miles per year; try making it to work within that many miles of driving in a year. And try looking as good as my T-Bird when you turn 50.
I don't think I'll be around when the car becomes a whole century old. So, I'm celebrating the half-century as a landmark moment in this car's existence by writing this blog dedicated to it.
Happy Birthday, T-Bird! or would that be, Happy Anniversary T-Bird? I don't think it really cares.

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Shotrod64’s Profile Photo
Apr 12, 2011 at 7:43 am
I don't see many cars of today withstanding time like these "oldies". Too much plastic to age, crack and disintegrate. Happy 50th anniversary! smile image
rhonda’s Profile Photo
Mar 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Beautiful car and great story! Congrats and may you have at least 50 more!!
LEGIONNAIRE’s Profile Photo
Mar 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
Love those T-Birds i miss my 64 vert.
55Stepside’s Profile Photo
Mar 6, 2011 at 5:24 am
I gotta tell ya, this T-Bird definitely does not look 50. This is one of the best looking T-Bird's I've seen in a lot of years. When I was a teenager, I used to love looking at these cars and wishing I could own one some time. But that never happened. I never could afford one back then, much less today. This car has to be worth it's weight in gold. Congragulations on owning one very beautiful car.
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Mar 6, 2011 at 1:12 am
donnalove’s Profile Photo
Mar 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Happy Birthday 61 Birdsmile image
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Mar 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm
Hey, 50 years is 50 years! That's a major milestone in anyone's book. Congratulations on having a beautiful car that certainly doesn't look it's age.
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Mar 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm
Fifty? good age. I remember when they were new. I still think your ride has the best lines of any T Bird of that decade (the 56 was cool). I hope you have it many more years.

canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
Mar 5, 2011 at 7:29 am
Wish that 'Bird a Happy Birthday from Canadianpontiacguy too.
I might be a Pontiac enthusiast, but I can still appreciate the beautiful lines of your Thunderbird!

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