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1963 Ford Thunderbird 89241 Miles Blue Convertible 390 cubic inch V8 Automatic

1963 Ford Thunderbird

Condition: Used
Make: Ford
Model: Thunderbird
Type: Convertible
Year: 1963
Mileage: 89241
VIN: 3Y85Z159163
Color: Blue
Engine: 390 cubic inch V8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: Convertible
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Local pick-up only

Description for Ford Thunderbird 1963

Lifetime Florida car. Recent extensive service with new front end and power disc brakes. Loaded with A/C, power windows and locks, dual power buckets, factory AM/FM radio. Top works, drives great, very clean Bullet Bird!
Delivered new to Richmond, VA, this T-Bird shortly thereafter made its way to Florida where it spent a vast majority of its life, a fact evident in the laser-straight bodywork and solid undercarriage. It has never been fully restored, although about 15 years ago it was treated to a full repaint in the current Silver Mink which looks quite handsome on the long, lean Thunderbird bodywork. The sheetmetal underneath is excellent and as a collector vehicle for most of its life, it has not be subject to the rigors of the daily grind. The ‘63s are easy to spot with their “hash marks” on the doors rather than the tail, and with just over 5900 built, 1963 is the lowest production year for Bullet Bird convertibles making them the most highly-sought. We believe most of the chrome and stainless trim is original and it all remains in very good condition with no issues beyond a few very minor signs of age—forgivable considering that it’s fast approaching its 60th birthday.
The black interior is correct and so beautifully finished that we suspect it has been replaced at some point. If so, the guys doing the work were experts, because it accurately replicates the original vertical stitching, silver piping, and ornate door panels of the factory work. The carpets are new and for a car that spent its life in the Florida sun, the dash pad is in remarkably good condition with no splits or warps. It’s worth noting that this car is LOADED with options: A/C, power windows, dual power bucket seats, and ultra-rare power locks, which we’ve never seen before on one of these cars. It also has a fully functional set of gauges, including the clock, which ticks away reliably. A factory AM/FM radio is a rare feature in 1963, and it, too, is fully operational. And perhaps most importantly, the complex convertible top works properly, stowing the black top in the trunk automatically. And speaking of the trunk, it is correctly outfitted with plaid mats, a full-sized spare tire, and a jack assembly stashed in the quarter panel.
The only engine available in the Bullet Birds was a 390 cubic inch V8, with the Z-code 390 in this car making a nice, round 300 horsepower. It’s plenty potent, moving the big ragtop with ease and it’s an excellent choice for a luxury convertible—smooth, silent, and effortless. The engine and transmission were rebuilt a few years ago and it runs superbly with easy starts, a muted idle, and entertaining performance on the road. Obviously this isn’t a sports car, but it’s an effortless cruiser that was surely built to hammer between Los Angeles and Vegas at 75 MPH. The engine is neatly detailed with a black block and gold tinwork, as it should be, and reproduction decals were used to give it a factory look. Look a little closer and you’ll also spot the new dual reservoir master cylinder and power brake booster for the recently installed front disc brakes. This is an engine bay you won’t mind showing off.
As I mentioned, the car has never been fully restored, so the undercarriage is original and a bit dirty, but there is no rust or rot and the structural elements are completely solid—critical on a unit-body car like the Thunderbird. The 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission was rebuilt with the engine and offers crisp shifts that don’t hesitate, and the 9-inch rear end carries 3.00 gears so this car is fantastic on the highway. Interestingly enough, dual exhaust was optional on the Thunderbird, although they did not claim any horsepower benefits. This car uses a single exhaust system with a new muffler and it is extremely quiet, both at idle and at speed, with just a distant hum audible on the road. The front suspension has been completely rebuilt with new tie rods, ball joints, sway bar bushings, drag links, and, of course, the vented disc brakes that offer a tangible improvement in braking performance. There’s a bit of dirt, some surface scale on the heavy metal parts, but nothing that compromises the integrity of the car and everything is in excellent condition with signs of proper maintenance throughout its life. 14-inch chrome wire wheels look great and tuck under the fender skirts properly and carry 215/75/14 whitewall radials for a proper look.
These Thunderbird represent a no-compromises way to have an old car. They look like movie stars, they are bulletproof reliable, and they’re as comfortable and capable as anything you’ll buy today. What else is there? Try it and see—it’s hard to not feel like a celebrity driving a car like this. Call today!
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