1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition Thunderbird-One Owner; Polar White (9D); Power Front Disc Brakes; Front Cornering Lamps; Power Lock Group; Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors; Electric Clock; Color-Keyed Deluxe Belts; Wide Color-Keyed Bodyside Moldings; Power Antenna; Tilt Steering Wheel; Power Side Windows; Padded Vinyl Roof Treatment; Leather Covered Instrument Panel; All Leather Seats; Diamond Blue Vinyl Roof; Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic;Power Steering; Deluxe Bumper Group; Tinted Glass; Convenience Group; Luxury Split Bench Seats/Reclining; Sports Instrumentation Group; Illuminated Entry System; Dual Sport Mirrors; Accent Pin Stripes; 6-Way Power Drivers Seat; 4 Cast Aluminum Wheels; Luxury Sound Insulation Package; 36 Ounce Carpeting; Leather Wrapped Luxury Steering Wheel; 6.6L/400CID/2V Engine; Leather Seat Trim; Traction-Lock Axle; Fingertip Cruise Control; Electric Rear Window Defroster; Air Conditioning/Auto Temp Control; AM/FM Stereo With Quad Eight-Track Tape; Security Alarm System; Lettering Package For Owner's Initials On Left and Right Exterior Doors; Also included are several eight track tapes of famous musicians from the 70's and 80's along with a Ford produced tape in quadraphonic sound.
This vehicle was purchased new in Pittsburgh on August 18, 1978. I wanted to own a DJE because it was specifically designed to celebrate Ford Motor's 75th year in business. In the Spring of 1978, Ford produced a small number of Polar White and Pastel Beige DJE's offered with either cloth or full leather seats. The car for sale is one of the very few DJE's in white with all leather seats. There were 705,503 Thunderbirds produced nationwide in 1978. Of those, only 18,994 (2.7%) were DJE's and only 271 were Polar White (Marti Auto Works). I would venture to say there are very few still in existence, especially in white.
This vehicle has been garage kept since purchase. It was only used as a "driver" until the early 1980's. At that time, it was kept in a private garage and driven infrequently mainly for car shows. This vehicle is in mint condtion. Vehicle window sticker and bill of sale available.
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