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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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In 1958, Ford doubled the number of seats and double the number of sales with their all-new Thunderbird. For the final-year run of the 2nd generation car, the year this handsome 1960 Corinthian White T-bird was built, sales were even stronger, and its quite likely that without this trailblazing car the Thunderbird would not have survived. With 2-seat Bird prices stagnating, the 4-seater Square Birds are seeing some very nice gains, suggesting that what worked then is working just as well today. Known as the Square Birds due to their angular styling, these are extremely handsome cars. This one has been nicely restored, showing great attention to detail and a lot of effort spent on getting everything straight. Despite the nickname, the cars actually have a lot of intricate shapes that were surely a challenge to stamp properly when they were new and doubly challenging to restore properly. Note the peaked tailfins, the pointed side trim, and the graceful body line stretching from the headlights down through the door. Fords obsession with the jet age continued, and this Thunderbird features triple-unit round taillights that give the Bird a very distinctive look similar to Chevys popular Impala. Code M Corinthian White is this cars original color, and the modern finish accurately captures the creamy white hue thats a little softer than your basic refrigerator color. All the chrome is beautifully restored, including the massive front grille/bumper assembly that was redesigned for 1960 and which probably cost thousands all by itself. This is one of those cars that will show you something new every time you look at it. Inside, the lovely black and white bucket seat interior offers a full-sized back seat, so you arent limited to just two occupants. The seats feature correct patterns and materials, along with a center console that houses the radio speaker and climate controls, including factory A/C. Matching door panels seem to echo the sweeping body line on the outside sheetmetal, along with an interesting embossed design along the bottom edges. Black carpets show minimal signs of wear, and the dash continued Fords cockpit theme. A complete array of gauges is housed in a brightly polished panel and dig how the numbers on the speedometer flip between 120 and 130, as if youll need to assess your speed at a glance. This one also include an AM radio in the dash, although its due for an upgrade if youre looking to pump some tunes into the cabin. Perhaps most importantly, the insanely complex power top is fully functional and remains in very good condition and the trunk is outfitted with correct plaid mats throughout and still carries its original spare tire and jack set. This car received Fords Y-code 352 cubic inch V8, which was rated at a nice, round 300 horsepower from the factory, a significant jump over the 2-seater Birds. The neatly finished engine bay has a very industrial look to it, but I suspect the effect is intentional, with a background of a white firewall and inner fenders framing a Ford engine. The original white air cleaner is still fitted, as are the original valve covers which are bright yellow and adorned with simple stampings that suit the engine just fine. It starts quickly and easily with a pleasantly muted rumble from the H-pipe dual exhaust and the Ford-O-Matic transmission clicks through the gears with authority. Highway-friendly gears in the 9-inch rear make this an effortless cruiser, power steering and power brakes greatly improve the ride experience, and its quite tidy underneath with newer shocks at the corners. Standard steel wheels wear full wheelcovers that are a rare find in their own right, all of which are wrapped in a set of 8.00-14 whitewall bias-ply tires. The market seems to have rediscovered the 4-seater Thunderbird, and there are few better ways to travel than Fords upscale personal luxury car. Call today!
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