Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Surfin Bird

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A photo of Bo's Thunderbird taken in May of 1961. Bo's dads 1956 DeSoto is parked in front of the Thunderbird while Bo's chopped 1939 Chevrolet can be seen in the background. The chopped Chevrolet was never completed, probably due to the fact that it wasn't a Ford.[1] Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
A photo of Bo's Thunderbird freshly painted in 1962. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Bo fit the Thunderbird with a 1955 DeSoto grille. This photo was taken during a vacation in Spain in 1962. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
A photo of the Surfin Bird version of Bo's Thunderbird taken at Svarvargatan in Stockholm in the summer of 1964. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
The Surfin Bird as it appeared in the souvenir program for the first Hot Rod Show held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1965.
Hasse Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible parked in front of the Surfin Bird during a trip to Italy in 1964. Photo by Bengt Wennergren.
The Surfin Bird as it appeared when it was featured in Colorod Nr.2 1971. Photo courtesy of Colorod.
Photo courtesy of Colorod.
Photo courtesy of Colorod.
Photo courtesy of Colorod.
Photo courtesy of Colorod.
Photo courtesy of Colorod.
The Surfin Bird as it appeared in 2003 at the Classic Car Week in Rättvik, Sweden. Photo courtesy of Fuzzy Dice.

1959 Ford Thunderbird owned and restyled by Bo Sandberg of Yankee Custom Parts in Älvesjö, 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.[2]


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.[3]


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.[4]


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Colorod Nr.2 1971

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