Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
For consignment, year 1 version 1 of the soon to be iconic Ford Thunderbird. And you WILL want one! Bathed in Raven Black, it does not get any more mid 50\'s looking than this wonderful 2 seat bird. The entire package is very attractive, but the thing that sends this writer over the top is the early simplistic design. An overall 4 out of 5 on the judgement scale, all looking good and rust free. Top flite for this bird!
Starting upfront, we can see a beautiful original and mirror like bumper with mini \"Dagmar\" style bumper-ettes attached which take on a jet engine like appearance. Directly above is a well preserved shiny egg crate grille, and flanking this on either side is a single visored headlight. A long scooped hood rolls its way back to the passenger compartment which is small, and is topped with a convertible top in black, tear free and fade free canvas and sporting a clear plastic rear window. On the back small fins tip round tail lights again, emulating jet age design, and another clear bumper this time the \"Dagmars\" house the exhaust tailpipes. The gas cap door utilizes a crossed checkered flag with a cloisonn Ford shield just above. White whites surround standard wheel covers which have a central FORD badged \"cereal bowl\" center hub All metal is painted in Raven Black paint, and has nicely preserved gaps. Some rust seen in various bottom end areas as well as some cracks and crazing in the paint. From its fender skirts to the chromed venting on the front quarters to the tasteful fins and jet engine taillights, \"Dagmars\" and all, its super snazzy. And don\'t forget the primer red porthole window fiberglass hardtop that comes along with this iconic car. Bring on the cold weather!
The curvaceous thick door panels are wrapped in white vinyl with some black vinyl covered swooping upward long armrests, and a black padded window sill attached at the top. There is a large panel of machined aluminum through the center which is the background for the door actuator and power seat toggles. These are decently clean with the aluminum showing a few dimples and white some smudging. This panel looks the part, as it melts into the curved dash keeping the machined metal line through the center. A fan style black background with white numbered speedometer is above on the painted metal black dash top and more black for below the machined strip of aluminum. Flanking on either side of the speedo are round gauges, one a factory tachometer, and the other a clock. Also noted the radio had been removed leaving the cutout there ready for a new one. Fronting a near perfect bench seat is a plastic and chromed booted small shift lever well within reach of the driver on the hump. The seat is complete with black smooth bolsters and surrounds, and shows with white tuck and roll inserts and some piping at the seams, and it stretches from door to door. Nice condition black carpeting floods the floors, and the black bakelite and chrome horn ring steering wheel fronts the pristine dash. A black tonneau cover is on the rear body/passenger sill, and awaits to cover the top when it is in the down position. Totally delicious in this presentation. And if the weather is really bad, pop on the hardtop!
A 292ci V8 engine is in a clean and shiny engine bay. It is topped with a 4 barrel carburetor, and a chromed beehive shaped air cleaner cover. Red is reserved for the block, and smudged turquoise Thunderbird badged horizontal ribbed valve covers add some more bling to the bay. A 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, and a Dana 44 3.31 gear ratio rear axle is in back. An original and unrestored looking presentation under the hood. Some newer wiring and supple hoses are also on.
Just a bit of surface rust, and the X frame, floor pans and rockers are preserved with the surface rust and no structural damage from said invader of many a classic. Independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the rear make up the suspension with drum brakes all around. A new fuel tank is now installed, looking fine on this underside!
Not a ton of room in these early birds, but once in, they are comfy. This car fired right up and took off for the test track where it flew around in circles with ease. A strong accelerator, and good stopper are also good qualities to have in such an early car and they are there. This bird struggles with no radio.
All in all a good example that has been resprayed a bit ago but still retains its luster and charm. A convertible, hardtop, and climate controls assures you happy motoring throughout the year, although with a classic as such I personally don\'t know whether you would be doing too much winter driving. Either way you can soar through town, screech the tires, and turn some heads..all the way around! Grab your poodle skirt honey we are going to get away from the kids for a whil
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