1991 Ford Thunderbird LX
The name was not among the thousands proposed, including rejected
options such as Apache (the original name of the P-51 Mustang),
Falcon (owned by Chrysler at the time), Eagle, Tropicale, Hawaiian,
and Thunderbolt. A Ford stylist who had lived in the southwest
submitted the Thunderbird name. The word "thunderbird" is a
reference to a legendary creature for North American indigenous
people. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength.
Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California also lays
claim to being the inspiration for the name of the car. Ernest
Breech, a Thunderbird Country Club member, who was then chairman of
Ford Motor Company was supposedly deeply involved in the creation
of the Thunderbird. Breech asked the Club's permission to name the
new model after the club and the club consented to the use of the
For consignment, we offer this nearly perfect, very low mileage,
(24,574 original miles), car that is from a good year of the
Thunderbird design. In fact, the Thunderbird was redesigned for the
1989 model year and moved away from long lived Fox platform and now
was sporting the MN-12 chassis and each year just kept getting
better. A 2 owner, one family car, (purchased new by our
consignor's mother-in-law), with its original window sticker and
paperwork from the dealership, and faithfully maintained by our
consignor for the entire life of the car.
Looking like it was just dipped in Bright Red that is broken up by
a thin black trim band that runs around the car mid belt line. This
pristine exterior paint shows very little wear or faults and the
only chrome on this car are the badges. The window surrounds and
sporty mirrors are all finished in a satin black. This nicely
executed MN-12 design has integrated headlights, all black trim,
dual black sport mirrors, and a white and black pinstripe that
works its way around the total circumference of the car at the
above the black beltline trim. A keyless entry pad is seen on the
driver's door and saw blade style aluminum wheels are seen on all 4
corners. This is a stunning 24,574 mile car exterior-wise and it is
hard to find fault!
Deep dark black crushed velour cloth covers the bolsters and for
the inserts are a charcoal zig-zag patterned broadcloth. This
pattern repeats on the long clean rear bench. One needs to look
very closely to see any wear or faults in the cloth although there
is slight fading. The very same holds true for the carpeting which
is flooding the floor and presents very black and very clean. A
black console speeds up the center between the buckets and houses a
glovebox, small storage cubbies, the automatic shifter, and the
ashtray. Moving forward and upward we note the climate controls,
and then the factory AM/FM/Cassette stereo, cigar lighter and power
antenna switch. The gauge cluster, which is all analog, displays
all the necessary functions of engine operation and resides in the
driver's bump out of the black dash. Exterior lighting and the
heater vents sit within a faux machine turned insert and behind an
original very nicely preserved steering wheel. The headliner is
nice and tight and shows near perfect and the door panels are near
showroom and house the power locks, power windows, and power mirror
controls for the doors.
Sitting proudly in the engine bay, and not to be outshined by the
exterior and interior, the 5.0 Liter HO V8 fed by EFI and backed by
a Ford AOD 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. A Ford
8.8-inch rear with 2.73 gears is waaaay back there throwing power
to the rear wheels.
To sum it up in a word, I'll use well cared for, and slight surface
rust on the usual suspects. Nary a hint of structural issues. The
chassis is supported by independent suspension front and rear.
Power front disc brakes with power rear drums present on the
corners. The factory installed dual to single to dual exhaust is on
for spent fossil removal.
The car started right up, idled smoothly, and ticked like a switch
watch on the power end with smooth acceleration and just as smooth
ride. Much more refined than the prior Fox platform cars, but with
near and much power as a Mustang and much more comfort. A great
performer with the only issue we noted was the A/C blew warm. The
crushed velour has a way of growing on you (literally with its
fuzzies that sometimes go awry!).
Sitting in this car is like going back in time, and one can almost
still whiff the new car smell in this low mileage, very well kept,
very nice example of the 1991 Bird. Loaded with conveniences this
is a cool bird. Driven somewhat sparingly, and well maintained,
this 1993 car has plenty of flight time left in her!
F-Ford Motor Company
T-5.0 Liter V8 HO EFI 200hp
H-Lorain, OH Assy Plant
178627-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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