Gateway Classic Cars of Fort Lauderdale is delighted to have this
gorgeous 1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible- sporting it's original
colors of Raven Black on red. By 1962, the Thunderbird was
continuing its growth away from competing directly with Chevrolet's
smaller, less-accommodating 2-seater Corvette, creating a new
"executive class", luxurious performance car. The 390-4 barrel FE
V8 under the hood made sure it was no slouch, even with the mass
created by the substantial materials. Ford was refocusing its high
performance aspirations on the upcoming Mustang during the time
President Kennedy was in office. A fiberglass tonneau cover covers
the back seat of the car and creates a two seater appearance. The
convertible top mechanism alone is an engineering marvel in itself,
as the trunk lid opens up to swallow the convertible top, neatly
out of sight. This '62 still wears its original colors of Raven
Black on a red interior, a stunning combination- even better in
person. It was restored a few years ago but still looks very good-
and it would not take too much effort to make it outstanding. The
detail Ford put into these cars was just astonishing, with only a
Lincoln Continental as a close match to the amount of brightwork
alone. The real wire wheels and wide while walls take this already
gorgeous machine to a whole new level. The interior of this car is
just breathtaking. It invokes a sense of nostalgia... the days of
James Bond if you will as the 50's faded away toward more modern
1960's era with the clean, futuristic styles. Open the door and the
steering column swings away for easy access. These were build
during the days of the space race with Russia; the space-age look
is evident throughout. Part aircraft, part car, part rocket. It's
like that. Imagine the looks you'll get driving this down the road
in your area or as you open it up on the freeway and let it roar!
It was an advanced car in it's day, and these early Thunderbirds
are now highly desirable today among collectors and anyone who
appreciates fine automobiles.
1962 Ford Thunderbird
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