1963 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop - SOLD
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It's tasteful, powerful, and represents one heck of a bargain when compared to many of its contemporaries.

If your interests run towards the Ford Thunderbird, it is our professional opinion that the 1961-1963 "Bullet Birds" currently represent the strongest segment of the T-Bird market. And they're pretty darned nice cars, too! Lower, leaner, and lighter than the "Square Birds" that preceded them and powered by Ford's robust 390 cubic inch V8, cars like this 1963 Ford Thunderbird hardtop epitomize the concept of personal luxury. Fast, comfortable, and purely effortless in everything it does, this is a car for the guy who could afford more car but doesn't need it. It's the car for someone who understands style but doesn't need to wear a bright orange suit to demonstrate it. It's tasteful, powerful, and represents one heck of a bargain when compared to many of its contemporaries.

Showing what we strongly believe to be 28,656 original miles, this beautiful code G Silver Mink (yes, that's actually Ford's name for this color) T-Bird absolutely feels like a high-end luxury cruiser. Repainted a few years ago, it looks far better than any car at this price should, with laser-straight sheetmetal and zero signs of previous accident or rust damage. The '63s are especially appealing with their unique body contouring that stretches into the doors plus the "hash mark" trim that was moved from the tail to the doors. Other great features include that strip of chrome that runs from the tip of the front fenders to the points on the tail fins, neatly incorporating the door handles along the way. The fine mesh grille, the hood scoop, and, of course, the jet-exhaust taillights all make the Thunderbird look sophisticated and polished. You'll note that the body gaps are excellent, with doors that swing closed with a satisfying THUNK, fender skirts that fit neatly with no signs of rust issues in the wheel arch (a common issue on these cars), and the contrasting white top softens the look just a little. The chrome shines up beautifully with almost no signs of age aside from some light scratches on the bumpers that could probably be polished out. The only other notable sign of age is that the turquoise inlays on the Thunderbird emblems on the sail panels are faded, but otherwise everything is quite nice for being nearly 60 years old.

All signs point to the black bucket seat interior being almost entirely original, which surely helps bolster the low mileage claim. The carpets have been replaced, but it appears that the seat covers, door panels, headliner, and dash pad are all original items installed in 1963. Both seats are firm and comfortable, not soft and saggy, and the back seat looks virtually new. The gauges are all fully operational and have bright markings and clear lenses, and all the chrome knobs are in excellent shape. Likewise, that strip of anodized aluminum that stretches across the dash and into the center stack isn't pitted or flaking and the matching panels on the doors are equally nice. Everything works, including the A/C, which uses modern components working behind the scenes to make it especially effective. There's a newer digital AM/FM/cassette stereo in the original radio's slot, but by using factory-style knobs it blends right in and the original AM radio is included with the car. Seat belts were added at some point and look like they were born with the car and Thunderbird logo floor mats help keep it tidy. The trunk wears a new mat set with custom embroidery on the spare tire cover and the original jack set still lives in its spot in the passenger-side quarter panel.

The only engine you could get in your 1963 Thunderbird was a 390 cubic inch V8, with this one being the Z-code 4-barrel version with 300 horsepower on tap. With under 29,000 miles on the clock, it runs superbly with that effortless flow of smooth torque that you'd expect from Ford's flagship. It starts quickly and easily and idles with an awesome V8 burble from the fresh dual exhaust system, so you'll look forward to driving it every chance you get. The engine bay has been recently detailed with gold tinwork plus a reproduction decal on the air cleaner assembly. You can see the all-new A/C system and both power steering and power brakes were standard equipment. That's original paint on the inner fenders, so you can just how clean this car really is. Even the original solvent bag still hangs on the passenger's side! The wiring is in excellent condition, the hood springs are strong, and it stays nice and cool even with the A/C cranking away in traffic. If you want a hobby car that offers zero compromises in terms of performance and comfort, the Thunderbird is a fantastic choice.

The undercarriage is quite original and in excellent condition. It was treated to a light dusting of undercoating but it hides nothing and showcases the rock solid uni-body tub with no signs of rot or structural damage. The Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission shifts properly (use the green dot position for best performance!) and there are 3.00 gears in back, making this a great highway cruiser that can hang with modern traffic easily. The brakes have been recently serviced, including new wheel cylinders and hoses, the front end was rebuilt, and the Flowmaster mufflers do indeed give it a most excellent soundtrack. Note that the rockers and torque boxes are in excellent condition, and this car definitely feels like a low-mileage piece going down the road—no shakes or rattles at all. There are also newer shocks and fresh 205/75/14 General whitewall radials that give it that luxury car ride.

This car is accompanied by quite a bit of documentation that backs up the mileage claims, plus a cache of parts that includes a starter, weather seals, the aforementioned AM radio, wire wheel covers, and a few other parts. A few manuals are included as well.

Glance through our SOLD inventory and you'll see we've had quite a few of these and this is one of the best. Between the low mileage, attractive color combination, and excellent maintenance, it's 100% ready to enjoy and definitely delivers on the Thunderbird's promise of sporty luxury. One drive and you'll be convinced, and if the current trend continues, this car might also turn out to be a smart investment. Call today!

Vehicle: 1963 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 116005
Mileage: 28,656
VIN: 3Y83Z129415
Engine: 390 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Wheels: 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 205/75/14 General whitewall radial
Exterior Color: Silver Mink
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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