1961 Ford Thunderbird
Car for sale by WeBe Autos in Calverton, New York 11933
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.
Classic Car Overview
As customs go it is hard to improve on this sleek 1961 Ford Thunderbird coupe built by current HALL OF FAMER JOHN DAGOSTINO. Built in 1997 FIRESTAR sports a 4 inch chopped top, custom hood scoop, modified taillights, shaved doors and trunk and restyled rear fender peaks. Beautifully finished in Candy Red with Gold Scallops accented by a set of chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires, a DAgostino trademark . Other touches include extensively dechromed bodywork, European-style headlights set in custom mesh housings. A chrome grille insert with a intricate network of bullet shaped projections, a theme carried out through the rest of the car. The interior including the trunk, all of which has been refreshed a month ago is done in a white pearl vinyl. Following its completion in 1997, Firestar was displayed in the 1997 Sacramento Autorama where it received BEST CANDY PAINT, which was presented by Joe Ballion the inventor of candy colors. It was then shipped to Sweden where it embarked on an extensive European show tour. Upon its return stateside in 2002 Firestar joined the famous Kustoms With a K display at the world-renowned Petersen Automotive Museum. In 2009 it was purchased at the Petersen by its current owners, who with input from J. DAgostino did an extensive restoration of the vehicle. The bullet grille was redone in 304 Stainless Steel with the background powdered coated. The custom mesh housing along with the rest of the applicable pieces on the car were rechromed, the stock 390 engine which along with the car had approximately 65, 000 miles was pulled and gone through, and a new exhaust system was fabricated and installed. The engine was fitted with a polished serpentine belt system, a custom twin electric fan radiator, custom engraved valve covers FIRESTAR, a new Holly carburetor and an electronic ignition system, with new spark plug wires and covers, making it one of the very few DAgostino cars with a finished engine compartment. The air ride system was completely replaced by Ponch The Bag Man and now features a chrome pump, remote controls and new rear springs. The transmission was rebuilt incorporating modern features to improve dependability. It was than shown by the new owners for about 4 years after which they embarked on an even more extensive restoration, which was just finished this April. Again with DAgostinos input the front and rear bumpers were denutted gas cap and backup lights removed and then welded into one piece units. A new sound system, with provisions for an I Pod, was installed hidden below the dash speaker grill and controlled by a remote. VINTAGE AIR Heating and AC was installed with the controls located in the gold anodized waterfall center console. During the AC installation the dashboard was removed and all instrument lights were replaced with LEDS. The remote opening doors and trunk were redone and includes a hidden manual release for the trunk. Side view mirrors and retractable seatbelts were also added making Firestar suitable for everyday driving. New carpet was installed including inside the trunk and a custom spare tire cover was fabricated. The gold scallops were templated, and the car was then stripped and repainted exactly as the original was. The current owners were lucky enough to have the paint done by one of the original workers from 1997 thereby maintaining the same provenance. During the 2 1/2 year restoration Firestar was entered in some major shows, Pageant of the Thunderbirds where in took a first place and the2015 Cruising for a Cure where it was displayed in the Meguiars tent and took BEST CUSTOM with the award being presented by non other than George Barris. It has been featured in a variety of Pinup Magazines, calendars, and books and was a featured car in CAR KULTURE DELUXE; it was then picked up and featured by a similar magazine from Paris, France. As you can see the new owners spared nothing both mechanically and cosmetically to insure that FIRESTAR was brought back not just to its original glory but far surpassing that.
For Sale by Owner
Call us For More Details... WeBe Autos Specializes in Marketing and Advertising Muscle, Classic, Vintage and Specialty Cars. We offer Professional Photography, HD Movies, and Staging that Sells Cars. Let us showcase and sell your specialty car. Please visit our website for more details. Keep in Touch, Michael Runnalls Specialty Car Marketing & Media WeBe Autos Ltd. Long Island, NY 11780 Michael@WeBeAutos.com www.WeBeAutos.com (O)631-339-0399 (C)516-729-2003 Skype: webeautos (F)631-389-2605
Classic Car ID100759405
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