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For Sale: 1963 Ford Thunderbird
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
216-496-9492
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Description
 
Beautifully restored and loaded with options like A/C, dual power seats, power windows and locks, plus an AM/FM radio. A/C is cold, top is fully functional and it’s ready to enjoy.

Originally Black with a black leather interior, it was changed to lovely Medium Blue Metallic during the restoration and looks absolutely gorgeous. The respray was incredibly thorough—we can find no trace of the original black anywhere on the car, even in the door jambs and trunk area. Finish quality is quite good, with even gaps and lots of time invested in getting everything straight, and since it hails from the warm, dry south there are absolutely no rust issues underneath. The front bumper, including the outer ends which tend to collect road debris and rot from the inside out, is beautifully refinished, showing off the fine-toothed grille within. Then there’s the bright strip of stainless that defines the top edges of the fenders, running across the doors to form the door handles, before cresting the modest tailfins. The overall presentation on this car is extremely impressive.

The seat covers front and rear are new and exact reproductions of the originals, complete with Thunderbird insignias on the seat backs and new polished stainless seat back supports. Black carpets with a heel pad for the driver look fresh, and the dash pad doesn’t suffer any cracks or UV damage from years in the sun. Sleek, round gauges are pure 1960s cool, with clear markings and bright pointers, all surrounded by an anodized aluminum trim panel that extends into the center console. All the power options work, including the windows and the A/C, which has been recently serviced and upgraded to R134a refrigerant. It also offers Ford’s neat “swing away” steering column, which pivots towards the center of the car when you gently tug on the shifter handle. Perhaps the only demerit inside this car (or on the entire car for that matter) is the trim panel on the center console, which appears to be original and shows light pitting that’s typical. Is it too nice to replace or the only part that isn’t up to snuff? I’ll leave that for the lucky new owner to decide.

There’s also plenty of horsepower on tap with a Z-code 390 cubic inch V8 under the hood. Topped by a 4-barrel Holley, it makes a nice, round 300 horsepower and plenty of torque to make the ragtop ‘Bird feel effortless in everything it does. The engine bay is dominated by the big, gold air cleaner and the A/C compressor and it looks quite authentic. Obviously the engine was out during the repaint, since there’s Medium Blue paint everywhere it should be, and the engine has been finished with correct Thunderbird Gold engine enamel. It starts instantly, idles smoothly, and has a very healthy V8 rumble from the exhaust system, which includes a new transverse muffler. The undercarriage is original and shows what you get living in a warm, dry climate, as there’s no structural rust or evidence of issues anywhere. It was undercoated years ago, but the rockers, frame supports, and floors are sharply rendered and don’t have that worn look that rusty cars in the north always get. The brakes were rebuilt, the suspension is supple and rides like a hovercraft, and with 3.00 gears out back, it cruises at highway speeds with barely a whisper. Genuine wire wheels and 215/75/14 whitewall radials look fantastic on the dramatic body, the perfect finishing touch for a gorgeous convertible.

Go ahead and look around, but you’ll probably find that 1963 Thunderbird convertibles are rather rare, especially with only 5900 or so being built. Perhaps you never even considered a 4-seat ‘Bird until you saw this one, but its combination of good looks, a fantastic interior, and a potent V8 have won you over. An absolutely fantastic vintage convertible with zero needs beyond a happy new owner.

For more information and photos, please visit www.VintageMotorCarsUSA.com.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 132234
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$34,900
or best offer
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Zip
44128-2251
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Convertible

Odometer Reading
87418

Year
1963

VIN
3Y85Z159163

Vehicle Category/Style
Muscle/Pony/Performance

Convertible
Yes

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Medium Blue

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details

Color(s)
Black

Seat Material
Leather

Accessories and Customizations











Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
V-8

Engine Size
390 cubic inch

Engine History
Rebuilt

Engine Condition
Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Automatic

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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