Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information. ADDITIONAL BOOKLET INFO CAN BE EMAILED TO DAVID Provenance / Authentication: The 1962-63 Thunderbird Sports V-8 is known as the "M" Series T-bird, or M-Code. The M-Code was a high performance version of the Thunderbird 390 cu.in. engine, using a "tri-power" setup having three Holley 2-barrel carburetors. The M Code was only available from the factory. This 1962 M-Code was registered as number 27523 with the 1962-1963 "M" - Series Registry compiled by William A. Wonder, found at www.tbirdregistry.com. The original "As Built" Build Sheet was located in the springs behind the back seat and supports this classic as being a triple black Landau M-Code. According to Vintage Thunderbird Club International, only 17 M-Code Hardtops and 5 Landaus are believed to have been produced in 1962. The present Owner completed a title search of this M-Code, identifying only 3 prior owners. The original California family owned this classic from 1962 until 2005. When purchased by the present Owner, this M-Code came with its original license plate and just over 43,000 miles showing on its odometer. It now has just over 48,600 miles. Restoration: The present Owner completed a rigorous 'frame up' restoration program in order to restore the classic to original factory specifications. All costs are fully documented with costs exceeding $200,000. Upon completion, this M-Code won First Place at the 2013 Vintage Thunderbird Club International Concours Judging event in Houston and Best in Class at the 2014 Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance. Early restoration efforts addressed mechanical matters, the electrical system, suspension, carburetor, installation of Vintage Air, the interior, and insulation. Next, we rebuilt the engine and transmission, including installation of customized Englebrock precision-machined aluminum cylinder heads. We stripped, sanded, and disassembled the M-Code during the final phase of restoration in order to locate, identify and correct flaws in the metal and issues with the body. This phase included a detailed frame up body restoration and painting program, giving fixed attention to the engine bay, trunk, weather stripping, chrome, stainless steel, and undercarriage, all to factory standard specifications. This process allowed us to identify and preserve all 3 original VIN numbers.