Many believe the third generation Thunderbird is where Ford really got their idea of a personal luxury cruiser together, and this 1962 Ford Thunderbird convertible shows all the reasons why. Offering full-sized luxury and comfort, with fantastic good looks, it was the choice of the 60s icons like President JFK.
This T-bird is about more than just owning an American classic wrapped in fantastically glossy and factory-correct Rangoon Red. This is about showcasing that brief time in automotive history when designers ruled over engineers, and they got to build the cars they wanted. A sleekly rounded hood that ends at a point to give the Thunderbird a true beak. A chrome line that runs from the front point to the tailfin. Those jet-inspired taillights that are prominent thanks to a bright bumper that tapers inwards. All the intricate design work needs to be as complete and straight as this T-bird is to really make an impression wherever it goes. This convertible is also rare. With less than 10,000 produced in '62, there are not many that survived so nicely today. Some of our pictures show a very cool matching red tonneau cover, that goes over the back seats. No, this is not one of the ultra-rare Sports Roadster models. Instead, this one offers the versatility of a back seat and a much more reasonable price, but you can still wow your friends with the removable fiberglass cover when you want.
The bright red interior is equally stunning with a beautiful mix of '60s cool design and high-end luxury. Buckets seats and a console were the only way to get your third generation Thunderbird. The beautiful round gauges have an elegant look with each in their own pod, and the band of anodized aluminum trim stretching across the dash and into the doors adds some great contrast. When the tonneau cover is off there's plenty of room in back for full-sized adults. The power seats, original AM radio, and power convertible top means you choose your level of comfort in this classic just by the touch of a button.
Ford's large 390 cubic-inch V8 was standard equipment in 1962. Advertised with 300 horsepower on tap, it moves this cruising convertible around with ease. It fires up nicely with an authoritative hum out of the dual exhaust that seems perfect for this mature T-Bird. The engine bay is quite stock, and that's a good thing, because Ford dressed its premium cruiser with a bright oversized air cleaner and Thunderbird-specific valve covers. The Cruise-O-Matic auto trans, power steering, and power brakes all work in harmony to help keep the ride luxurious. Plus, those Kelsey Hayes style chrome wire wheels are a further tribute to the Roadster model. And mounted to those wheels are modern Goodyear tires that give this Thunderbird better grip than any 60s-style rubber.
Complete with plenty of maintenance records, owner's manual, and title documentation, this is a beautiful T-Bird with all the right elements making it look like an ultra-rare Sports Roadster. The only difference is you get a more practical classic at a much more affordable price. Call today!!