Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1964 New York World's Fair Ford Thunderbird Convertible - "Magic Skyway Thunderbird" oThis is the Thunderbird used in the 1964 World's Fair Magic Skyway ride in New York oThis T-Bird #73 and #70 are the only Magic Skyway Thunderbirds known to still exist oMany celebrities rode the Magic Skyway including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson oFirst model year of the fourth generation, one of the very first "Flair Birds" #73 oSold new at the "A" lot at Ford in Dearborn, which was a resale lot for company cars oDisplayed at the AACA Museum in Hersey, Pennsylvania oOriginal 390 CID V-8 engine (code FE) that produces 300 hp! oCruise-O-Matic MX three-speed automatic transmission (code 4) and 3.00 gearing (code 1) oCorrect Prairie Tan (code G) and Palomino vinyl (code 59) with white, power-folding canvas top oSelect-Aire air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and power windows oSwing-Away steering wheel oPlenty of originality, original taillights, original trim and T-Bird emblems oUnique factory triple vin stampings on cowl and tow plate mounting holes oA updated factory style radio with USB connectivity Partially used as a salve for a nation still mourning President John Kennedy, the World's Fair opened in New York during the spring of 1964. With help from Walt Disney, Ford Motor Corporation produced one of the exhibits, a "Magic Skyway." MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to present one of the cars that took visitors through it -- this particular 1964 Ford Thunderbird was built number as 73 off the line for the 1964 World's Fair Magic Skyway exhibit. For their pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, Ford Motor Company brought in Walt Disney to design a "unique and memorable entertainment adventure" that would outshine its competitors. This became the Magic Skyway ride, in which guests sat in Ford convertibles through a Disney-designed show. The ride attracted many celebrities, including baseball great Jackie Robinson, Gerald and Betty Ford and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King family visited the ride during the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Civil Rights leader rode the skyway with his children and his wife and two other children followed in the next electronically controlled car behind them. This Magic Skyway Thunderbird was never sold by a dealer; it was shipped from the prototype line at the Wixom plant to Ford's sales office in White Plains, New York where cars were prepared for the Magic Skyway. It still retains evidence of the ride tow plate with two 1 1/4-inch holes in the radiator cross member (3 1/4 inches from the edge of the fenders), and two 1 1/4" by 3/8" holes in the left inner fender and the engine bay is painted factory black, same as the other Magic Skyway cars. One of the "Flair Birds," this example was only the 73rd one off of the production line (73 out of 92,465 produced!) at Ford's Wixom, Michigan factory (VIN code Y), made on August 8, 1963 (code 08H). Dressed in correct Prairie Tan (code G), the car's paint and trim are in overall very good condition. The bodywork is straight and solid and the engine bay is very tidy and still retains its correct black engine area. The newer restored contrasting white, power-folding canvas top is in excellent shape. The car's chrome bumpers are in great original shape and NAPA battery looks great. This car rolls on Hankook Optimo whitewall tires in front, size 215/75R15 in front and BFGoodrich whitewall radials, size 21/70R15 in back. Each tire is mounted on a steel wheel with factory wheel covers. The tires are in satisfactory shape while the wheel covers are in very good order. Under the hood is Ford's 390 V-8 engine (code FE) with 300 horsepower! The motor is linked to a Cruise-O-Matic MX three-speed automatic transmission (code 4) with 3.00:1 gearing (code 1). Driver convenience features include Select-Aire air-conditioning but is inoperable, power steering, power brakes and power windows. Inside, the car's Palomino vinyl interior (code 59) is in overall original order. The novel, Swing-Away easy ingress/egress steering wheel is present. The front bucket and rear wraparound bucket are part of the same styling motif that graced the Continentals of the same period. The instrument panel and inner door panel are in good original shape, as is the center console and column-mounted shift lever. A updated factory style radio with USB connectivity finishes of the interior. This was used to play the original "Magic Skyway" ride sound track while displayed at previous museums including the AACA Museum in Hersey Pennsylvania. Once loaded by attendants, visitors could tune the cars' radios to select one of four languages for narration, music and sounds. The Magic Skyway journey began with a recorded message from Henry Ford II, telling of the upcoming "voyage through time and space, from a dark and distant yesterday to a brigh
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