213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
The Jet Age was in full swing when this 1964 Thunderbird was built, and the influence is obvious. But this one is especially noteworthy due to its awesome color combination, factory A/C, and cool semi-custom look that is more illusion than reality.
It's the wheels and tires that give this car its custom look, and beyond that you get a very clean 'Bird that's ready to enjoy. It wears a shiny coat of code M Wimbledon White, one of Ford's hallmark colors. With arrow-straight bodywork, it needs nothing today and shows off what five decades of careful living can deliver. It doesn't appear to have ever been hit, and even in areas like the rear fenders above the skirts and the rocker panels, both trouble areas on these cars, it is quite solid and shows well. The '64 Thunderbirds have a lot of details, from the crease that stretches from the headlights, kicks up behind the doors, then tapers out near the taillights, to the forward-facing grille that looks very futuristic indeed. The paint has a wonderful shine that shows rather well, and it's been highlighted with some red pinstripes to dress things up a bit. All the chrome is in awesome condition as well, making this a car that is obviously defying its age.
The loaded code 54A Light Beige metallic bucket seat interior is just preserved, showing only light signs of use in the driver's chair, and almost none anywhere else. As Ford's personal luxury flagship, styling is dramatic inside as well as out, including a sweeping instrument panel clearly inspired by aircraft. A thin-rimmed steering wheel guides the T-Bird effortlessly and the wrap-around console puts the AM/FM/cassette radio and climate controls within easy reach. The level of preservation inside is remarkable; just look at the bright gauges, the shiny stainless inserts on the door panels, and the supple dash pad, all of which shows extremely well. You'll also note that this car includes optional power windows, with switches arrayed in a neat panel on the center console, plus factory A/C, and, obviously, a tilt-away steering column. There's also a modern AM/FM/cassette stereo in the original radio's slot. A quick glance in the trunk reveals decent floors, replacement mats, and plenty of room for luggage for a week or two on the road. This 'Bird was built to cruise!
The big reason Ford enlarged the Thunderbird was to put more thunder under the hood. In this car's case, it's a 300 horsepower 390 cubic inch V8, which was the only engine available in 1964. Proudly wearing gold paint on the air cleaner and valve covers, the engine bay shows off the big block quite well, and all the original components remain intact. Up top there's the oversized air cleaner, as well as a set of Thunderbird-logo valve covers, and there's plenty of evidence of recent maintenance. It's not sparkling and perfect like a trailer queen, but very few 50-year-old engines can claim to look and run this well. A Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic spins a 9-inch rear end full of 3.00 gears, making this coupe an exceptional long-distance cruiser. It starts easily with a smooth rumble from the dual exhaust, and the undercarriage is quite tidy, so this car needs nothing to enjoy immediately. As we mentioned, it wears bright red steelies and 205/75/15 whitewall radials that give it a custom look, and we definitely like it!
Nothing else drives like a Thunderbird, and if you like the classic color combination, you're going to love the car. Call today!
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