Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
Thunderbird was Ford's contender in the growing personal luxury car segment in the 60s. For this '62 model, Bill Boyer created a new and much sleeker body style than its predecessors, and also than the competition. Nicely restored by Proffitts Custom and Restoration shop, this beautiful car can become your personal luxury car for today.
Presented in Corinthian White which was professionally applied in 15 coats after careful preparation and it looks gorgeous. They even left a little touch up paint in the trunk for any oopses that might occur. The chrome has all been redone with that toothy grill up front leading the way flanked by quad headlights. The bumper becomes an integral part of the front fender down low and an arcing piece of chrome tops the front fender, door, and rear fender, ending just before the chrome trim of those big round taillights and big back bumper. There is a Thunderbird on the hood just in front of the scoop, and one on the trunk too, with another one on the sail panel surrounded by polished stainless and Thunderbird in script on the front fenders. To complete the look, steel wheels with polished hub caps and trim rings tie it all together.
Open the door and you will find a black and gray interior that is simple and elegant. The door panel has a black top with a ribbed aluminum center that will carry around the rest of the interior. The seats complement the look with silver pleated seating surfaces surrounded by black vinyl. The steering wheel is unique in that it swings significantly to the right so the driver can easily get in and comfortable. Have a seat, swing that Thunderbird steering wheel with the chrome horn ring back over and it will be framing a black upper dash with three large, chrome ringed gauges and polished control knobs. Below that the ribbed aluminum panel edged in chrome continues its sweep around the interior in what could be described as a giant T for Thunderbird shape. The stock looking radio is actually a new one with iPod compatibility for your listening pleasure. A trio of Equus white faced gauges are mounted just below it to keep accurate track of engine oil pressure, water temp and voltage and a new headliner and carpeting tie it all together.
Pop the hood and you will find a numbers-matching 390 cubic inch engine that has been completely rebuilt and updated with a couple niceties like stainless steel valves and seats so that you can run ethanol gas. A Holley air filter tops a Holley 4-barrel carburetor which feeds the stock intake and heads. Finned aluminum Edelbrock valve covers look great and a Flamethrower ignition coil assures good spark through the new cap, rotor and wires to the plugs. The engine sounds nice too thanks to a dual exhaust system with thrust style mufflers at the rear. Power is sent back to a 3-speed automatic transmission that also received a complete rebuild that included a new rear servo. The restoration included proper chassis maintenance too with steering and suspension components as well as bushings replaced. Power steering and power front disc brakes assure good control and stopping power in town or on the highway.
Nicely restored with restoration photos, service manuals and build receipts. Come on down and check out this beautiful car. You may decide that it is the personal luxury car that you have been looking for.
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