This 1964 Ford Thunderbird might just be the most affordable way to
take home a comfortable cruiser that also turns heads the moment it
leaves the garage. In fact, with a reliable V8, automatic
transmission, and ice-cold A/C, and this is a classic coupe that
you won't be afraid to take out any day of the week.
A golden T-bird from this generation is the perfect blend of aggression and elegance. After all, items like the shark-like nose and hood scoop artfully blend with the fender skirts and vinyl roof for a terrific total presentation. And the B-pillar ornamentation signals this is a Landau roof model - nearly three times rarer than the standard '64 hardtop. The bumpers are some of the best integrated forms ever put on a vehicle. The front has a swoopy design the frames the headlights and surrounds the grille. In the rear, it's a mirror-like endcap for one of the most interesting trunk lines to ever hit the road. And the addition of Cragar wheels only increases the attention this coupe commands.
Personal luxury really meant something in 1964, as the tasteful bucket seat interior offers plenty of eye candy for both driver and passengers. The factory-correct beige seats have a well-coordinated contrast with the darker tan areas of the interior. A center console was standard equipment, and the way the wood paneling is laid out reminds us all the driver is king. This also it includes controls for the air conditioning (now running modern R-134a.) And with style a priority in these T-birds, the swing-away steering wheel was also standard. The gauges have that 60s-cool setup that is so intricate that we know no factory would ever dare try in modern times. The ribbon-style speedometer sits on top, and four fashionable individual round pods finish the gauge package.
The big block 390 cubic-inch V8 was the only motor available in '64, and that's because it had the horsepower and torque to keep everyone happy. This one has been upgraded with some nice Edelbrock brightwork on the air topper and valve covers, but it still doesn't stray from the original formula. This includes the correct blue paint on the Ford block, and a four-barrel carburetor to keep the V8 breathing deeply. It fires up easily and makes a nice sound out of the dual exhaust - it's not like a muscle car, but instead, a confident and mature rumble. A three-speed automatic spins a limited-slip rear end with 3.00 gears, making this coupe an easy driver in all situations. Add in the power steering, front disc brakes, and modern BF Goodrich tires, and this is an ideal all-day cruiser.
Thunderbirds have always represented style, but this one also presents good value for a feature-filled classic driver. Don't miss out on this classy coupe, call today!!!
Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
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Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
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The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.