Minichamps MIN400082130 Jinx's 2003 Ford Thunderbird (1:43 Scale)
"Another time, another place?"
- Prue, Female health spa attendant
"Some other time, some other place."
- James Bond, from the 1965 feature film "Thunderball"
The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. It entered production for the 1955 Ford Thunderbird model year as a two-seater sporty car but, unlike the similar Chevrolet Corvette, the Thunderbird was never sold as a full-blown sports car. Ford described it as a personal luxury car, a description which named a new market segment. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized in 1977 and again in 1980. Sales were good until the 1990s, when large 2-door coupes became unpopular; production ceased after 1997. In 2002, a revived 2-seat model was launched, which was available through the end of the 2005 model year.
2002 saw a new Thunderbird launched; this Retro Bird was again a two-seater and received the model's fourth Motor Trend Car of the Year honor. It was also nominated for the North American Car of the Year award that year.
The new Thunderbird was based on the Ford DEW platform, shared with the Lincoln LS. It followed the recent trend for nostalgic recreations of old-fashioned (or "retro") styling (see Volkswagen New Beetle, Chrysler PT Cruiser), being a recreation of the 1955-1957 two-seat Thunderbird in a modern style. Available only as a convertible with a removable hardtop and, according to automotive writer Jerry Flint, the new Thunderbird "turned heads wherever it went."
Pictured here is a 2003 Ford Thunderbird driven by Halle Berry ("Jinx") as seen in the feature film, "Die Another Day." Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Historical Account: "Bond. James Bond." - James Bond's newest mission begins with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase through a minefield in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea - and the action doesn't let up until the credits roll. From Hong Kong to Cuba to London, James Bond circles the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic proportions. On his way he crosses paths with Jinx and Miranda Frost, who will play vital roles in his latest adventure. Hot on the trail of deadly megalomaniac Gustav Graves and his ruthless right-hand man Zao, James Bond travels to Iceland into the villain's lair: a place built entirely of ice. There he experiences firsthand the power of a new hi-tech weapon. Ultimately it all leads to an explosive confrontation - and an unforgettable conclusion - back in Korea where it all started.