Very few examples were originally equipped with the J-Code, 430 cubic inch Thunderbird Special V8. This optional power unit, also known as the MEL engine, was initially a Lincoln option and was first made available for the Thunderbird in 1959. While its 350-horsepower output was certainly impressive, its immense 490 pound-feet of torque moved the Thunderbird with authority and provided startling performance.
In short, the second-generation Thunderbird was an unqualified success with dramatically rising sales totals despite the painful recessionary environment of 1958-1959. Today, with their classic good looks, comfort, great drivability and very active club and parts support, the 1958-1960 Square Birds are highly sought after by collectors today.
This 1960 Ford T-Bird Convertible is original from California with only 17,000 miles since restoration 10 years ago. The car is a beautiful Monte Carlo red with black interior and has power windows and seats, automatic transmission and wire wheels.