1988 Ford Thunderbird

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1988
Mileage 25659
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Ford
Model Thunderbird

Thunderbird 1988

Title Status --
Exterior Color Dark Cinnabar Clearc
Interior Color Cinnabar


1988 Ford Thunderbird Coupe

The name was not among the thousands proposed, including rejected options such as Apache (the original name of the P-51 Mustang), Falcon (owned by Chrysler at the time), Eagle, Tropicale, Hawaiian, and Thunderbolt. A Ford stylist who had lived in the southwest submitted the Thunderbird name. The word "thunderbird" is a reference to a legendary creature for North American indigenous people. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength.

Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California also lays claim to being the inspiration for the name of the car. Ernest Breech, a Thunderbird Country Club member, who was then chairman of Ford Motor Company was supposedly deeply involved in the creation of the Thunderbird. Breech asked the Club's permission to name the new model after the club and the club consented to the use of the name.

For consignment we offer this nearly perfect, very low mileage (25,661 original miles) car that is from a good year of the Thunderbird design. In fact, in 1987/88 there was a complete redesign, and it was definitely all for the better.


Looking like it was just dipped in Dark Cinnabar metallic and then add some Rose Quartz metallic highlighting for above the belt line surfaces, this pristine exterior paint shows very little wear or faults. The only chrome on this car are the badges, and window surrounds and they are shining brightly. This nicely executed fox bodied design has integrated headlights, all black trim, dual black sport mirrors, and a pinstripe that works its way around the total circumference of the car at the belt line. A sunroof is noted, and phone dial polished aluminum wheels are seen on all 4 corners. This is a stunning 25,660 mile car exterior-wise and it is hard to find fault!


Deep Cinnabar crushed velour cloth covers the front power bucket seats, (inoperable)and rear bench seating complete with a cushy fold down armrest. One needs to look very closely to see any wear or faults in the cloth although there is slight fading. The very same holds true for the carpeting which is flooding the floor and presents very cinnabar and very clean. A black and cinnabar console speeds up the center between the buckets and houses the power buttons and toggles for the seats, power windows, and mirrors. Moving forward and upward we note a System Sentry warning light panel, climate controls, and then a killer AM/FM/Cassette Stereo complete with a factory Equalizer. Gauge cluster which is all digital displays all the necessary functions of engine operation. Exterior lighting, and power antenna sit behind an original very nicely preserved steering wheel. Headliner is nice and tight and shows near perfect as it surrounds the sunroof. Door panels are near showroom and house the power locks for the doors.


Sitting proudly in the engine bay, and not to be outshined by the exterior and interior, the 302ci V8 fed by EFI and backed by a Ford AOD 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. A Ford 8.8-inch rear with 2.73 gears is waaaay back there throwing power to the rear wheels.


To sum it up in a word, I'll use well cared for, and slight surface rust on the usual suspects. Nary a hint of structural issues. Suspension is supported by a 4-link suspension in the rear, and an independent front suspension. Power front disc brakes with power rear drums present on the corners.


Starts right up, idles smoothly, and ticks like a switch watch on the power end with smooth acceleration and just as smooth ride. Crushed velour has a way of growing on you (literally with its fuzzies that sometimes go awry!).

Sitting in this car is like going back in time, and one can almost still whiff the Cinnabar smell in this low mileage, very well kept, very nice, example of the 1988 Bird. Loaded with conveniences this is a cool bird. Driven somewhat sparingly, and well maintained, this 1988 car has plenty of flight time left in her!

VIN Decode


1FA-Ford USA Passenger Car

B-Manual Belts

P62-Thunderbird LX

F-302 ci V8 SEFI

X-Check Digit


H-Lorain, OH Assy Plant

179620-Sequential Unit Number

Door Sticker

EXT PNT 8N, 5C- Dark Cinnabar Clearcoat Metallic, Rose Quartz Clearcoat Metallic

BODY 63D-Thunderbird LX

INT KK-Cinnabar Cloth

AX 8-8.8" 2.73 Gears

TR TLLEE-AOD 4 Speed Automatic


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