1960 Ford Thunderbird Coupe
1960 Ford Thunderbird Coupe
Lay aside everything you've heard in condemnation of the four-seat 1960 Ford Thunderbird -- all that stuff about forsaking the sports car, substituting glitz for function, adding the hated back seat. It is all immaterial because it misses the point: Despite its deviation from the original concept, the first four-seat Thunderbird was simply a masterpiece of design.
For consignment the timeless design of the 1960 Squarebird, deviating from the original concept with a back seat…Gadzooks and stone the crows! Yes, it has a back bench in addition to those front buckets. This one has been under the care of the original owner, and the original owner's family for 60 years. It has had a respray of the original Aquamarine paint, and the interior is just immaculate, and it has low miles to boot (70,083). You'll hear and see the word original a lot in the following description, so don't ignore it, as I'm trying to be , well…..original!
Stylish yet contemporary, it would fit into any driveway today and look nearly modern. This was the bestselling Thunderbird by far, and everyone was complaining about the back seat, but it did not matter. It only made things better. This beauty with straight rust-free panels minding their gaps very well, is all bathed in a respray of Aquamarine that is looking very special. Now dual headlights are protected by an upper “visor” and float above the big open egg crate chromed smiling grille, all neatly inserted within the bumper. A single gunsight oval adorns the tops off the front fenders which frame wide whites wrapping steel wheels and their turbine style wheel covers, all in sexy polished chrome form. On the hood a small scoop is in the center and is a homage to the first-generation Thunderbirds. This fronts some very clean front wrap around glass swept clean by stainless wipers. On the doors begins the arrow styled bump-out which will eventually grow to become the rear fin. This fin angled perfectly to the outside is above the triple round taillights, wrapped below by the red bumper and floating in a field of square chromed eggcrate. These taillights remind the writer of an almost “owl like” appearance but don't ask me why! A somewhat squared off roofline with a nearly vertical rear glass, and the 3 vents on the back of the rear quarter add to the look of the square bird. No sign of any lower rocker trimming or wheel trimming, however a nice stainless less ribbed panel is on the B pillar just above the rear fender, as well as the iconic bird badge.
A swing of the doors and one begins to appreciate the complexity of the design, and use of various colors and materials to nearly the point of overwhelming. Buttoned Aquamarine stitched square panels mix with dark blue green smooth vinyl and interplay with aluminum and chrome to create a futuristic look. Inside sleek two tone low rounded back buckets with Aquamarine button inserts and dark blue green bolsters and backs work to create the look for the interior. A back bench uses the same color and pattern. A darker blue green and chrome trimmed center console runs through the buckets up to the dash which uses dual squared off “eyebrows” to house the instruments and glovebox. Nice white faced gauges with chrome and gold trim sit within a ribbed shiny dash plate, and the original steering wheel showing some wear is in front of the dash. A bluish carpet now covered with black thunderbird stitched badged floor mats is below and a tight white headliner is above.
Under the hood in an unrestored engine bay sits the correct 352ci V8 with its painted yellow valve covers and cream air cleaner cover. This looks fab in the Aquamarine engine bay, an unusual place to find a play of colors. A 4-barrel carburetor is atop and on back a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic auto transmission. For the rear axle we see a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.10 gears.
All metal gracefully aged in the care of a sheltered garage for its life we see slight surface rust, but certainly all structurally sound floor pans and rockers. Just a bit of heavier rust on the passenger's toe kick but still holding strong. Power drum brakes are all around and a newer dual exhaust is noted.
Slipping inside this is a beautifully preserved original interior. This car fired right up and handled the test track with flying colors, good acceleration, smooth shifting, good handling and straight braking. All functions were working just wonderfully.
Original, and showing very nicely, years of 1 owner care is showing well. The designers got it right for this square bird year, sexy interior and beautiful exterior lines, ready to grace your driveway, or attract attention as you drive down Main Street.
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
Y-352ci V8 300hp
189410-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63A-Thunderbird Hardtop
TRIM 77-Dark Green Vinyl, Light Green Knit Vinyl
DATE 01W-October 1st Build
TRANS 4-Cruise O Matic 3 Speed Automatic
AXLE 3-Ford 9" 3.10 Gears
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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.
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