I have collected cars for 35 years. This is one from my personal collection of classics, see others at www.gccc.us The Square Birds are my personal favorite of the Birds.This 50-year old classic automobile is in remarkable condition. It has been kept in an enclosed garage along with other cars in the sellers private collection and has never been driven in the rain or in anything less than perfect weather. It has been regularly maintained and driven only a few miles each month to keep the moving parts lubricated and in good working condtion. This car is a true survivor and in wonderful condition. Just standing next to it you get the feeling you're in a time capsule which takes you back to 1960. We believe this magnificent automobile is mostly all original and has never been taken apart or restored. And while we're not sure of what the original color may have been, we're sure it has been repainted at some point because the paint is in much too good condition to still be the original. The mileage shown is 23,950, however, due to the year, we assume the odometer has turned over once, however, there is no visual or mechanical indication that this car has excessive mileage on it. The interior of the 1960 model Thunderbird is very unique with a story to match. The front bucket seats and long center console (front to back) are the answer to a unique engineering problem. The Thunderbird sat very low, lower than most other automobiles at the time. The power train needed to be revised in order to fit under the car without dragging on the ground. The result was to burrow it higher in the car and offer a long center console. The center console was a welcomed amenity, allowing buttons, switches and ashtrays to be built into it. Disclosure: the power to the rear windows have been disconnected to keep the rear window from being rolled down because it does tend to come off the track so some minor repair may be needed; also please be advised that the drivers side window has a crack. There's no reason you can't get in this car and drive it anywhere, but its real beauty is in its value as a classic collectors car. Anyone who watches the auctions on TV are constantly reminded as to the excellent investment buy the early Thunderbirds are now and will continue to be in the future. So bid early and bid often and this marvelous automobile could soon be yours! New brakes all the way around 2--25-2015
Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.