1960 square bird bird nest thunderbirds
1958 white hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1958

1959 white hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1959

1960 white hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1960

GRILLES
1958 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1958 grilles have a honeycomb pattern.

1959 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1959 Thunderbirds have a horizontal bar grille.

1960 thunderbird hardtop grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1960 grilles have an egg crate pattern with a horizontal and three vertical bars.

HOOD ORNAMENTS
1958-59 thunderbird hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

This is the 58–59 style of hood bird emblem.

1958-59 thunderbird hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

This is the 58–59 style of hood bird emblem.

1960 thunderbird hood ornament bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

This is the 1960 style of hood bird emblem.

FRONT FENDER ORNAMENTS
1958 thunderbird front panel ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

The front fender ornament is located on top of the headlights. This ornament has a gold colored dome in the clear insert. The script sits on the side of the headlights

1959 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

This years front fender ornament has a black background with a 1958–59 bird emblem.

1960 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

Similar to the 1959’s front fender ornament, it has a bird emblem in the middle, although it is the 1960 bird. Instead of the black background, it is clear.

SIDE ORNAMENTS
1958 thunderbird side ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

On the 1958 Thunderbird door panels are five, striped ornaments.

1959 thunderbird side bullet and script ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

Arrowheads and “Thunderbird” scripts decorate the 1959 door panels.

1960 thunderbird quarter panel ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

To spot a 1960 Thunderbird, there are nine vertical lines on the quarter panel (three groups of three) and the “Thunderbird” script on the door panels.

ROOF ORNAMENTS
1958 thunderbird hardtop emblem bird nest thunderbirds

The 1958 Thunderbird hardtops are the only ones to use the black buttons with bird emblems.

1959 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

This 1958–59 bird emblem sits on each side of the 1959 Thunderbird hardtops only.

1960 thunderbird hardtop roof bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The 1960 Thunderbird bird emblem sits on each side of the hardtop roof.

TAIL LIGHTS
1958 thunderbird tail light bird nest thunderbirds

The 1958 Thunderbird takes two tail lights per side of the car. The honeycomb bezel matches the style of the grille.

1962 thunderbird tail light bird nest thunderbird

The 1959 tail lights are the exact same as the 1958s. Two on each side are required. The only difference is the horizontal line bezel, which matches the grille style.

1960 thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

There are three tail lights per side on a 1960 Thunderbird. The bezel is an egg crate design, which matches the grille style.

HUBCAPS
1958 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

This is the only style for the 1958 Thunderbird.

1959-60 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

The 1959 has two styles: one with the decorative spinner and the other just chrome.

1959-60 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

The 1960 has the same two styles as the 1959: one is just chrome and the other with a decorative spinner.

VIN

On a 1958 Thunderbird, the VIN is located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the second digit in the VIN.

Example: H8YH109299
The second digit is an “8,” signifying a 1958 Thunderbird.

On a 1959 Thunderbird, the VIN is located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the second digit in the VIN.

Example: H9YH100532
The second digit is a “9,” signifying a 1959 Thunderbird.

On a 1960 Thunderbird, the VIN is located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 0Y71Y100001
The first digit is an “0,” signifying a 1960 Thunderbird.

VIN Number (1958-1966):

The VIN is the vehicle identification number, sometimes called the serial number or vehicle warranty number, depending on the age of the patent plate. This consists of ten digits in a combination of numbers and letters.

The convertibles do not have any roof ornaments.