1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible - $39,900
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Someone invested a fairly large sum of money in this car in the not-too-distant past, including paint and bodywork that shows exceptionally well.

Beautiful 1962 Thunderbird with Sport Roadster accessories. Loaded with options, including A/C and power windows. New chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall radials. This car has more eyeball appeal than almost anything we’ve ever featured!

If you want a car that attracts a lot of attention, this stunning 1962 Thunderbird will do it. Bright Rangoon Red always looks awesome on the Bullet ‘Birds and the long, sleek bodywork has aged beautifully, making these some of the most popular Thunderbirds today. Someone invested a fairly large sum of money in this car in the not-too-distant past, including paint and bodywork that shows exceptionally well. Those long quarter panels are laser straight, the doors close solidly, and everything lines up just right—that doesn’t come easy or cheap. And speaking of trim, there’s a lot of it on a ’62 Thunderbird, all of which is in great condition. The intricate grille up front was unique to 1962, as are the three ornaments on the quarter panels, and that sweep of chrome that runs along the tops of the fenders and doors is among our favorite features. You’ll note that the little stuff on this car is right, including the little Plexiglas wind deflectors on the vent windows (often broken or missing), the faux hood scoop, and the detailed “Thunderbird” script on the front fenders. Fender skirts were removed to add to the Sport Roadster look, and we have to admit we like the look a lot. There’s just no angle from which this car doesn’t look like a movie star.

The handsome red interior is a great complement to the brilliant red exterior, a combination that actually works better than you’d expect. The upholstery, carpets, and door panel have been recently restored and new seat belts were installed at the same time. This T-Bird is loaded with options, too, including power windows, power seats, and factory A/C, in addition to standard features like an AM radio and the awesome Swing-Away steering column. The Sport Roadster tonneau cover gives it a sleek 2-seater look, but it can be quickly removed (bring a friend to help) to access the spacious back seat and don’t worry, the top works with or without the tonneau in place. And speaking of the top, it works correctly, stowing itself with a mechanical symphony that’s a wonder to watch. With the top up, the trunk is spacious enough for a road trip and there’s a full-sized spare back there with the original jack stowed in the quarter panel.

The only engine available in 1962 was the Z-code 390 cubic inch V8, which made 300 horsepower and enough torque to make the big ‘Bird feel effortless in everything it does. Make no mistake, this is a luxury car, and if you want a machine that can eat up miles of pavement without working hard, this is an awesome choice. The engine has been recently serviced and tuned, so it starts easily, idles nicely, and just goes about its business with a minimum of fussiness. The 390 is celebrated as a bulletproof machine, and with a 4-barrel carburetor it’s entertaining to drive. You’ll note the engine bay is neatly detailed with a chrome air cleaner and valve covers, a correct washer bag on the inner fender, and that giant A/C compressor. It’s backed by a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission that shifts cleanly and stays out of your way, and 3.00 gears out back explains why it’s such a great highway cruiser. The undercarriage is probably original, not restored, but this is a unit-body car so all the vital structural members are in excellent shape and there’s only a light dusting of undercoating that doesn’t hide anything. Floors, rockers, and other important parts are all quite solid. A dual exhaust system sounds muscular but hushed, and as I mentioned, this is a luxury car so it has that plush ride that you’d expect. Fresh chrome Sport Roadster wire wheels were just installed, along with a new set of 215/75/14 wide whitewall radials for a brilliant look.

This car attracts more than its fair share of attention out in the showroom, but it’s easy to understand why. The dramatic styling combined with the Sport Roadster tonneau and wire wheels creates one of the most appealing cars of the early ‘60s. And since it’s not a real Sport Roadster, it’s priced far more attractively and nobody will ever know the difference. Loaded with options, entertaining to drive, and just gorgeous to look at, this car is a winner all around. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Price: $39,900
Stock Number: 120009
Odometer Reading: 15,863
VIN: 2Y85Z129842
Engine: 390 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Wheels: 14-inch chrome wire wheels
Tires: 215/75/14 wide whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Torch Red
Interior Color: Red vinyl
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