1964 Ford Thunderbird Coupe (RHD)
|Engine||390 FE big block out to 444cc V8|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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 favour 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 2875mm wheelbase. As before, the new Thunderbird continued to be offered in hardtop, convertible, and Landau versions. The 220kW FE V8 continued as the standard engine, but also available was a higher compression, 250kW version of paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission.