- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 390 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1964 Ford Thunderbird
1964 Ford Thunderbird
By the time the fourth-generation Ford Thunderbird appeared in 1964, the Thunderbird design studio had a firm grasp of what their customers liked and didn't like. Since the “banana-nose” design of the Bullet Birds hadn't gone over well, Bill Boyer and his team revisited some earlier styling themes for its 1964 successor. The Bullet Bird's unloved recessed headlights, tail fins, and dog-dish taillights all got the ax.
In house, for consignment, is this 4th generation T bird from Ford known as the “flair bird”. It's all grown up and has found its niche and from past sales Ford knew now what customers wanted. This car was formerly owned by an eldery couple until the husband passed on, and a coat of white resprayed paint over a mostly rust free body with a beautifully designed interior dripping of mid century modern. A 300hp 390ci V8, a good runner, and survivor in many ways. Some overall dirt, smudges and a few scratches and dings, but it's all there, turn the key and enjoy this classic original car.
Wimbledon White, like the driven snow, drapes the steel panels throughout. Dual headlights reside within their own coves framed by the hood and lower bumper. It takes on an almost mad look with the lines of the hood like scowling eyebrows. The grille and bumper setup has a few areas of surface rust and staining on it, but remains shiny. In lieu of any side trimmings this car has machined “skeg” lines extending through the doors into the rear fenders. These are like mini awnings for the door handles and fender skirts on the rear quarters. Panels are straight and have nicely managed gaps throughout but do show some areas of prior body repair and the starting of rust bubbles on the lower doors as well as some invasive rust appearing on the deck lid. A scooped hood, and chrome trimmings for the glass on the greenhouse, and large “B” pillar complete with the Thunderbird logo emblem frame the rear of the roofline. Bringing up the rear just below the thin designed rear quarters and trunk lid, is the rear bumper with dual horizontal rectangles housing taillights with more bird badges in the centers of the taillights. Standard T bird wheel covers available for the day with faux knockoff hubs are wrapped in thin white wall tires all around.
Inside affords a look into the future, (from 1964 eyes), with sleek lines and well thought usage of ribbed vinyl, solid smooth panels, and a mix of plenty of shiny polished aluminum panels for the doors. This car has the unique side to side moveable steering wheel. The dual bomber styled buckets for the front seats are covered in black vinyl and have chrome trimmings which like the passenger chair, is a low back stylized bomber bucket with tuck and roll and smooth black vinyl centers running through them and stitched in winged badges. Nice chrome trimmings hold the buckets firmly in place, and we note the driver's seat is power. Turning to the dash, all the modern stops were pulled out for this instrument cluster which includes a rolling line speedometer indicator, (pointers are so pedestrian!), and 4 round eyeball gauges in deep round bezels stretching across the bottom of the speedo. The original steering wheel, looking all good, fronts the dash, and has the shifter on the tree for the automatic transmission. A curved line stretches from door to door, and melts into a center console with plenty more of polished and brushed aluminum throughout. This part houses a radio, heater controls, and the power window toggles. Also, a large glove box is between the buckets within a futuristic styled center console. In back a wonderful wrap-around rear seat in black tuck and roll vinyl and nearly perfect condition has a folding center armrest and side molded into the curve armrests are seen. The design just does not get any more modern looking. In front of the glovebox is a snappy sliding panel which reveals the cigarette station, lighter and ashtray. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! Above hanging below the padded black vinyl dash is a center chromed bezel housing the futuristic temp toggles and a central clock. A perforated vinyl white headliner, in very white and tight condition hangs tightly above all this mid-century modern bling, and black carpet with serious degrees of fading floods the floors.
Underneath the hood is the original engine in 390ci form and it's backed up by the 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission. A 4-barrel carburetor is atop, and this engine specs out showing it will produce 300hp. All surfaces have slight patina, and gold paint now covers the valve coverings and air cleaner housing. Handling all those ponies is a Ford 9" rear axle fitted with 3.00 conventional gearing.
Peering underneath, there is surface rust seen on some suspension parts, and intermittently on the floor pans, particularly on the rear floor pans where some rust is underneath chipped off undercoating. Although, despite this fault, these remain mostly undercoated and solid. Some light oiling can be noted around the transmission and engine. As noted, some slight surface rust can be seen under the paint and on the exterior rocker areas and just behind the rear wheel wells. Power drum brakes are all around, and independent coil spring suspension is on front, and leaf springs for the rear.
A bit of a hard starter when cold that was easily rectified with some starting fluid, this car accelerated and put a smile on my face and handled like it was on a cushion of air, very smooth big car ride. The power seat worked, although the power windows on the passenger side and in back were not cooperative, our consignor states that the power windows are finicky. As noted, is a slight exhaust leak and occasionally the shifter will not fully engage park.
A survivor if you will, with the showing of the passage of time, but all in a good way. Nice clean surfaces throughout, and black vinyl for the interior is in beautiful condition. Overall, this car is very good, and is a smooth driver and cruiser. A clean look and nice straight lines give it the look of luxury and the exterior design plays off the sporty end.
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
83-Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop
Z-390ci V8 4bbl 300hp
141659-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63A-Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop
COLOR M-Wimbledon White
TRIM 56-Black Vinyl
DATE A18-January 18th Build
AXLE 1-Ford 9" 3.00 Conventional
TRANS 4-3-Speed Cruise-O-Matic
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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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