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 a consigner that has done some very recent engine work. It has had a respray of yellow and the midcentury modern design interior just drips with boulevard class. Also, a rare J code option car. 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! Let's go “Tweety Bird”!
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 yellow. A few minor chips and drips are throughout, but you'll need to have a keen vision to spot them. For this year, 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 thin whites wrapping steel wheels and their turbine style wheel covers, all in sexy polished chrome form. On the hood a small scoop allows for more airflow into the engine and front 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 is angled perfectly to the outside is above the triple round taillights, wrapped below by the big 60's chromed bumper which rises to meet the ovals that house the round taillights, and we will throw in 2 small dagmars that frame the center license plate holder. These taillights remind the writer of an almost “owl like” appearance but don't ask me why! A somewhat squared off roofline bathed in contrasting white, 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 ribbed panel is on the B pillar just above the rear fender, as well as the iconic bird badge. A shout out to the white painted spotlight rear view mirrors adorning either side on the doors also not oft seen option.
A swing of the doors and one begins to appreciate the complexity of the design and use of various shades of gray and black and materials to nearly the point of overwhelming. Buttoned light gray stitched square panels mix with black smooth vinyl and interplay with aluminum and chrome to create a futuristic look and this is just the armrest. Inside sleek two tone low rounded back buckets with gray inserts and black bolsters and backs work to create the look for the interior. A back bench uses the same colorway and pattern. A black 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 a new Grant white rimmed rally style steering wheel is in front of the dash. Black carpet is now covering the floors and shows nicely although a tiny bit wrinkled. Note the futuristic dash center with a radio and just below is a round temp slider aptly coined Select Aire. Other surfaces like the headliner are covered with a vented white vinyl which is showing slight sagging, and vertical panels are light gray with buttons and square stitched panels.
Under the hood in a beautifully restored and detailed yellow engine bay sits the correct J code 430ci V8 with its painted yellow valve covers and cream air cleaner cover. A 4-barrel carburetor is atop and on the back a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic auto transmission. For the rear axle we see a Ford 9-inch rear with 2.91 gears. The consigner states that recent valve and valve spring work was performed as well as some new gasket material for the heads. Wipers have been converted to electric. and also a complete brake overhaul was worked into the mix.
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 where it has been sprayed with a heavier coating of undercoating. Drum brakes are all around and a 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. A few frowns include A/C is all there but inoperable, the radio does not work, the reverse lights are inoperable, and the power right rear window needs some attention to work properly. My decoder and partner in crime states he noticed the front suspension and steering is much like his ex wife, it's a little sloppy, noisy, somewhat loose and tends to wander!
Original, and showing very nicely, A few items of note to bring it up to perfect snuff, but meanwhile certainly turn the key and enjoy a kind boulevard cruiser. 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
71-Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop
J-430ci V8 4bbl 350hp
122350-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63A-Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop
COLOR UM-Springdale Rose & Corinthian White
TRIM 76-Black Vinyl, Light Gray Nylon Cord
DATE 22M-December 22nd Build
TRANS 4-3 Speed Cruise O Matic
AXLE 8-Ford 9" 2.91 Gears
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