1962 Ford Thunderbird
Car for sale by West Coast Classics in Torrance, California 90501
We've picked 11 classics, built between 1965 and 1998 that we feel offer a blend of style, individuality and performance. If you look through the classifieds of this magazine, on the AutoTrader.com website, or attending swap meets, you'll find that there are still a healthy number of bargains.
In just a few short years, Walter P. Chrysler took his company from an unknown automotive manufacturer to fourth in the industry. Walter Chrysler was a perfectionist with a deep mechanical background. This aspect, probably more than anything, helped to make Chrysler Corporation grow quickly.
Classic Car Overview
The cars original factory added options include
Sports Roadster ($5,439)
Power Lift Windows ($106)
Power Driver & Passenger Seat ($184)
Push Button Radio ($112)
Windshield Washer ($13)
Outside Mirror ($5)
Heavy Duty Battery ($7)
The Thunderbird was redesigned in 1961 with sleeker styling from its previous Squarebird design that gave the bird a renown bullet-lie appearance with an all new bodyshell featuring a severely pointed front end and the car enjoyed a smoother ride with much improved handling and soundproofing. The interior design featured a contoured dash that curved at its outward ends to blend in with the door panels and the model boasted the first Swing-away steering wheel. A new engine, the 390 c.i. 6.4L V8 was standard and mated to a three speed automatic transmission. A vinyl roofed Landau option with simulated S bars was added to the line up in 1962 as was the legendary Sports Roadster for convertible models.
The Sports Roadster had a special fiberglass tonneau cover for the rear seats which gave the car the appearance of being a two seater roadster like the original Thunderbirds from 1955-57. Priced at over $5,500 when new only 1,427 were built in 1962 and just another 455 in 1963 making this one very rare and collectible Ford.
Newly optioned for 62 was an upgraded version of the 390 c.i. V8 named the M code after the designated M used as the engine code in the VIN number of the very few and rare cars equipped with this upgrade. The M code version of the 390 c.i. V8 was equipped with no less than three 2 barrel Holley carburetors and produced 340HP. These M code V8 Thunderbirds are exceptionally rare with some reports showing only some 200 in total being built during its production years of 1962-3 and obviously very few are left remaining on the roads today!
This particular car is a factory Sports Roadster with its original window sticker and a thick file of service records documenting its restoration over the years as required showing that at no time was any expense spared on this particular vehicles maintenance or restoration! The car boasts its original and highly striking Rangoon Red factory color paint with a beautiful Black leather bucket seats interior and with the floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas all completely solid and rust-free - obviously a mostly always garaged and cherished car since new. The original spare wheel with its jack is in the trunk and the car rides on new Coker tires mounted on its correct Kelsey Hayes chrome wire wheels.
The 390/300HP Thunderbird 4 barrel V8 engine is extremely strong and powerful and this particular car drives extremely well and must be driven to be fully appreciated. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of an obviously always garaged coveted and beautifully restored rust free 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster in very fine condition throughout and an outstanding example of one of the outstanding Ford designs of the sixties which has high repute for both its beautiful lines and smooth fast performance.
In summary, this is one rare and very sought after and obviously beautifully restored and maintained and rust free example of this increasingly desirable and collectible 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster and loaded with desirable factory options and fully documented, a perfect addition to any Ford enthusiasts collection or indeed for any American classic car collector!
Classic Car ID101592699
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