DETROIT -- When Ford Thunderbird’s color palette is changed for the ’03 model year, one of the new hues likely will recall romantic Oceanfront sunsets, the automaker hints. Asked if pink -- so popular when the first T’Birds were built -- will be among the new “fashion colors” expected when two ’02 tones are dropped, Mary Ellen Heyde, Ford’s vehicle line director-lifestyle vehicles, says: “Actually, it was called coral.” Sunset coral to be precise. And it wasn’t really pink. Not until ...

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