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1988 Ford

Thunderbird Coupe

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Engine Size
302 cu. in. V-8
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic

1988 Ford Thunderbird Coupe

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

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.