This car is a very nice solid sleek styled Thunderbird Convertible with added SPORTS PACKAGE of Grab Bar and Rear Tonneau Cover, and all associated emblems that identified the Sports Roadster visually. It has a very solid and smooth running powerful 390 CID With 4 Barrel Carburetor, VIN Code “85Z", Raven Black with White Convertible top and black leather interior built on 27 Dec., 1962 in Wixom, Mich.
This is a California car with chrome package paired with cruise-o-matic Power Glide 3-speed transmission. has 48-spoke Kelsey-Hayes designed wire wheels. Special badges on front fenders, Sports Roadster package includes fiberglass tonneau cover that covers the beautiful couch like curved back seats creating a 2-seater appearance and all other trim features that were on the only 1427 true Sports Roadsters manufactured. All the coveted options available including power steering, power windows, power brakes, power driver’s seat, Factory AC, and the unique swing away steering wheel column that always attracts attention at car shows.
Fresh Rebuilt Carburetor.
Smooth Shifting Cruise O Matic Automatic Transmission
Well Optioned With:
Newer Power Brakes
Power Drivers Bucket Seat
In Dash Clock (not working but in excellent cosmetic condition)
Swing Away Steering Wheel, A Very Unique Ford Option
Stock AM Push Button Radio
The Third Generation Of The Ford Thunderbird Is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the 1961 To 1963 model years. It featured a much sleeker styling than the second-generation models.
The jet age is in full swing; the country is riding high on Beatle mania, towering beehive hair doo's, fur boots, and getting to the moon before the end of the decade. To mirror these times Ford Motor Company put elements of design into the Thunderbird for 1962. The“Bullet Bird”, to which it was commonly referred, has a very elegant design ending with taillight housings which were to remind the
viewer of turbines or rocket engines.
Full Center Console
Body & Paint: The body on the Thunderbird is in very good condition with all of the body panels being straight and just a few small dings on the body. The paint is a Classic Raven Black finish that looks very good on this American classic. The taillights are distinctive and all of the chrome all the way around the car is still shiny and adds to the cars overall look. The convertible top was replaced in Oct. 2006 with new back window and is in excellent condition. The top is powered to retract up and down with ease with the powered retractable convertible top.
Factory A/C, bucket seats are power driven on driver's Slide away steering column. Fiberglass tonneau cover.
Engine & Transmission: The Thunderbird has a 390ci V8 engine with an automatic transmission that runs, drives and shifts great.
The interior is black leather with chrome accents and black carpeting. One of the neatest and most desirable features of these cars is the matching painted black and white tonneau cover that hid the back seats making the car appear as a two-seater. The bucket seats are wrapped in black leather that has no wear on them and are in great condition. The chrome on the dash looks amazing and adds to the classic look of the interior of this car.
Wheels & Tires: The Thunderbird is sitting on radial whitewall tires mounted on the coveted Kelsey Hayes wire wheels all the way around that are all in great condition.
Electrical: Everything on the Thunderbird works as it should with the exception of the electric clock which is cosmetically in good condition but does not tell time.
Glass: The glass on the Thunderbird is in very good condition all the way around.
History: I bought the car from an Auto Broker in spring of 1987 and have meticulously cared for it since. If you had asked me two years ago about it, I would have told you I would have it until the day I die, however, life takes turns and after retiring recently I am busier than ever and just do not drive it as often anymore as I should. It is time for someone else to love her, drive her, and take care of her as I have enjoyed doing for so many years.
Comphrehensive maintenance records available upon request
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