1960 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop 352ci V8 4-barrel

3 hits ID #22985

Description

Stylish yet contemporary, it would fit into any driveway today and look nearly modern. This was the bestselling Thunderbird by far, and everyone was complaining about the back seat, but it did not matter. It only made things better. This beauty with straight rust-free panels minding their gaps very well, is all bathed in a respray of Raven Black that is looking very special. Now dual headlights are protected by an upper “visor” and float above the big open egg crate chromed smiling grille, all neatly inserted within the bumper. A single gunsight oval adorns the tops off the front fenders which frame wide white wrapped steel wheels and their turbine style wheel covers, all in sexy polished chrome form. On the hood a small scoop is in the center and is a homage to the first-generation Thunderbirds. This fronts some very clean front wrap around glass swept clean by stainless wipers. On the doors begins the arrow styled bump-out which will eventually grow to become the rear fin. This fin, angled perfectly to the outside, is above the triple round taillights, wrapped below by the chrome bumper and floating in a field of square chromed eggcrate. These tail lights remind the writer of an almost “owl like” appearance but don't ask me why! A somewhat squared off roofline with a nearly vertical rear glass, and the 3 vents on the back of the rear quarter add to the look of the square bird. No sign of any lower rocker trimming or wheel trimming, however a nice stainless less ribbed panel is on the B pillar just above the rear fender, as well as the iconic bird badge.
A swing of the doors and one begins to appreciate the complexity of the design, and use of various colors and materials to nearly the point of overwhelming. Buttoned light gray stitched cord square panels mix with black smooth vinyl and interplay with aluminum and chrome to create a futuristic look. Inside sleek two tone low rounded back buckets with gray cord button inserts and black vinyl bolsters and backs work to create the look for the interior. A back bench uses the same color and pattern. A black and chrome trimmed center console with bakelite power window switches, a speaker and the obligatory ash receptacle runs through the buckets up to the dash which uses dual squared off “eyebrows” to house the instruments and glovebox. Nice white faced gauges with chrome and gold trim sit within a ribbed shiny dash plate, and the original steering wheel showing light wear is in front of the dash. A black carpet now covered with white thunderbird badged floor mats is below and a tight white headliner is above. A shout out to the trunk with its plaid liner, plaid spare tire cover and factory jack assembly.
Under the hood in a lightly restored engine bay sits the correct 352ci V8 with its painted yellow valve covers and cream air cleaner cover. Our consignor notes that her husband had the engine gone over during his ownership tenure. This looks fab in the black engine bay, an unusual place to find a play of colors. A 4-barrel carburetor is atop and on the back a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. For the rear axle we see a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.10 gears.

Attributes

Make Ford
Model Thunderbird
Year 1960
Mileage 94200
Engine 352ci
Interior Color Black
Exterior Color Black
Transmission Automatic
Number of Cylinders 8
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) 0Y71Y192404
Fuel Type gasoline

$ 10000.00


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