1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible - $34,900
     
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It appears that this big 'Bird is wearing all its original sheetmetal and panel fit is quite good-even the massive deck lid snugs itself down after the convertible top does its thing.

Beautiful color combination, well preserved leather interior, fully operational convertible top. 390 cubic inch V8, power windows, power steering, power front disc brakes. New exhaust system. Runs and drives great, ready to go!

The car wears a shiny coat of code T Candyapple Red paint, which gives the big ragtop a genuinely sporting look. If you check the door tag, you’ll see that it shows code T, so it comes by the bright red finish honestly. It has been repainted, perhaps with some touchup on the front clip because it’s a tiny shade different (hard to see in our photos and impossible to see in the sunlight), but it remains in excellent condition. It appears that this big ‘Bird is wearing all its original sheetmetal and panel fit is quite good—even the massive deck lid snugs itself down after the convertible top does its thing. All the bright trim is in very good condition, from the simple front bumper to the chrome spears running the length of the bodywork to the Thunderbird script on the front fenders, none of which is pitted or deteriorated.

Code 66 black leather is the car’s original interior code and we believe the interior is original, not restored. There’s some minor wear on the leather, but nothing unexpected and it remains in surprisingly good condition throughout. The Thunderbird’s all-new instrument panel was clearly inspired by aircraft design, with small round pods for the auxiliary gauges and a wide band with a bar-type speedometer on top. More aircraft styling includes the lever-style switches for the wipers and ventilation system, and small round warning lights underneath are a neat touch. This car is equipped with power windows, including unusual power vent windows and don’t worry, the top mechanism works smoothly and properly. The top itself is in good condition with a plastic rear window and good weather seals, so it feels suitably snug with the top up. And with the top up, you do have a rather large trunk that shows zero signs of rust or rot.

Ford’s familiar 390 cubic inch V8 provides the kind of silky smooth torque that suits the big Thunderbird. But make no mistake, this isn’t a clumsy car—that big engine moves all 4000 or so pounds of convertible with real authority. It never seems to work very hard, but suddenly you’re cruising at speeds that’ll get you a ticket in all 50 states and everything’s very serene. We have no details on an engine rebuild, but it has a lot of recent parts and a few dress-up under the hood that suggests it has been well-tended and it exhibits no bad habits. There’s plenty of oil pressure, no smoke, no sounds, and, well, it just works like it should. It doesn’t run hot, doesn’t get fussy, and if you’re looking to be a 1-car parade, this is probably the best possible choice. Underneath, it’s very solid, which is critical on these cars with their unit-body platform. The supporting structures in the rocker panels and transmission tunnel, plus the subframes holding the front and rear suspensions, are all in excellent shape with zero evidence of rust or damage—even the factory spot welds on the rocker panels are still clearly visible. The brakes have just been extensively serviced, including hoses, wheel cylinders, and shoes, so it stops straight and true. A Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds exactly right—not silent, but muscular, and front disc brakes were standard equipment by 1966. Factory wheels and hubcaps look right and it rides on 225/75/15 whitewall radials.

This is a heck of a lot of car for the money, and the way this big luxury ‘Bird drives will win you over the moment you slide behind the wheel. You will always look like a movie star driving a car like this and with all the luxury features, you don’t have to give up comfort for style. Isn’t that the whole point of a Thunderbird? Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Price: $34,900
Stock Number: 118126
Odometer Reading: 80,311
VIN: 6Y85Z100425
Engine: 390 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 225/75/15 whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Rangoon Red
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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