For Sale: 1962 Ford Thunderbird in Lithia Springs, Georgia


Vehicle Description

Sometime while we weren't looking, 4-seater Ford Thunderbirds became popular collectors' items. No longer are back seats a liability, and collectors have discovered that Fords like this 1962 &quot;bullet&quot; Bird not only look great, but they're downright awesome to drive.<br /> <br /> The Landau was the top-of-the-line Thunderbird, reaching across the gap towards the Lincoln lineup, bringing luxury and comfort to the Thunderbird party. Sure, it was still sporty &quot;personal&quot; transportation, but with the new look came a newfound focus on luxury. Included with the package, of course, was the padded roof with landau bars, a styling element borrowed from coachbuilt pre-war cars. You can't go wrong with black, either, and code A Raven Black is this car's original color. The paint is showing signs of age, of course, but it's in good enough condition that a professional buff would work wonders and make it sparkle once again. This was also a time when cars were still assembled with care and pride, which shows in the details here, from the ornate front bumper and grille assembly in original condition and needing a little attention, to the stainless trim along the tops of the fenders, to the clearly jet-inspired taillights and rear bumper which looks almost new. It's handsome and stately without being flashy, which was exactly the intention of the original stylists.<br /> <br /> If you aren't convinced that the '60s were the pinnacle of clean, elegant interior styling, then you haven't been paying attention. The all-new code 70 silver-blue interior offers a symphony of colors, textures, and materials that is so upscale and slick you'll think it's the set from &quot;Mad Men.&quot; The bright stainless and chrome details, particularly the wrap-around brightwork that extends into the doors, combine with the carefully textured accents on the center console to give it the look of high-end furniture, not just a transportation appliance. Even the steering wheel is an intricate combination of materials and shapes. Oddly enough, this appears to be a car with radio delete which we've never seen before, but other options include a tilt wheel and power windows, all of which work properly. The spacious trunk is fully lined and carries original mats and a spare tire in its own matching cover.<br /> <br /> Everyone knows that horsepower sells, and as the Thunderbird grew, so did their engines. By 1962, it was a 390 cubic incher making 300 horsepower in Z-code trim, as in this Landau. Still running in stock spec, it starts easily and runs down the road with a smooth flow of torque and a muscular hum that makes it feel effortless at any speed. It's been dressed up a bit with gold air cleaner and valve covers that contrast with a Ford Blue block, but other things like the expansion tank for the cooling system are totally correct. A beefy 3-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and channels the power to the 3.00-geared 9-inch out back, and the highly original chassis is impressively solid and remarkably clean. Original 14-inch wheels wear factory wheelcovers and 215/70/14 whitewall radials.<br /> <br /> These Thunderbirds aren't going to be any more affordable than they are today and this one offers a lot of potential and tons of built-in style for not a lot of money. Call today!<br /><br />

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-653363
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Silver
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:19030
  • Stock Number:2470-ATL
  • VIN:2Y87Z163679