2010 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
11

1964 Ford Thunderbird Coupe (RHD)

$16,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine V8, 390ci
Gearbox Automatic
Body Work Coupe
Colour Springtime Yellow
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drums

Description

This lot is no longer available

Ford's Thunderbird series was the ultimate in personal luxury cars, with the first generation cars of 1955-1957 designed to compete with Chevrolet's Corvette before expanding into chrome-laden behemoths - known as 'Square Birds' - in 1958. Ford totally redesigned the Thunderbird for 1961, releasing a car with fresh styling that was longer, lower, wider and much better looking. Known as the 'Cigar Bird' after the pointed-nose and long side fins, the 1961 Thunderbird was Ford's most expensive model and sold in limited numbers in both convertible and coupe form. For 1964 the Thunderbird was restyled in favor of a more squared-off appearance. Hinting at its roots, the new model retained a similar grille design to its predecessor, with dual headlights and a 113.2 ,inches (2,875mm) wheelbase. As before, the new Thunderbird continued to be offered in hardtop, convertible, and Landau versions. The 300 horsepower (220kW) 390cu in ,FE V8 continued as the standard engine, but featured a higher compression, 330 horsepower (250kW) version of paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission.

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