1965 Ford Thunderbird for sale 101136285
1965 Ford Thunderbird

1965 Ford Thunderbird

Convertible Car for sale in Metro Atlanta, Georgia 30082

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Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI) “1st PLACE” Winner!




  • Scored 292 on 300-point scale at the 2016 VTCI Regional Meet
  • Beautiful Thunderbird “Pastel Yellow” ( Code: G)
  • NEW High-end Cloth Top
  • Excellent Factory Front Disc Brakes
  • Unique “Swing-Away” Steering Wheel
  • Famed “Disappearing” Top with Full-Width Rear Seat
  • Many NEW parts, fasteners, rubber seals, etc.

HISTORIC BACKGROUND:  The 1964 Thunderbird kicked-off the 3-year “Flair-bird” series with a bang…Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award!  In fact, Ford’s entire new line was so impressive, Motor Trend gave its coveted award to the whole Ford line…with an extensive article on the new Thunderbird.  Though all Thunderbirds have something special to offer, it is the 1955-1966 Thunderbirds that are now the most highly sought of all.

Two substantial improvements were made for 1965 over the prior introductory year for this series: Standard Front Disc Brakes (which are truly excellent), and the famed Sequential Rear Turn-Signals.  The 1-2-3 illumination of the three rear turn-signal segments are so iconic that Ford has them on its hot-selling new Mustangs!

VTCI “1st Place” – VTCI is the abbreviation for Vintage Thunderbird Club International.  Though there are some other fine Thunderbird Clubs, VTCI is considered to be the most prominent, and has distinguished itself with rigorous 300-point Concours judging standards.

The very best tribute to this car’s restoration quality, is the 292-points (97.3% of 300 possible) that it earned at the 2016 VTCI Regional Convention held in Chattanooga, TN which earned the car a 1st Place award.  

This car is well-known in the Atlanta-area VTCI community.  Many club members have offered their advice and skills to make this one of the nicest 1965 Thunderbird Convertibles extant.

EXCELLENT FACTORY-ORIGINAL COLOR COMBINATION…The gentle Pastel Yellow and Raven Black interior really complement the body lines and dramatic interior features of this Thunderbird.  Ford Motor Company recognized the attractiveness of this color scheme too, and featured it in the final dramatic image of their 1965 Thunderbird brochure (see image set).

ORIGINAL “PINK SHEET” WIXOM GATE RELEASE/DEALER INVOICE is shown.  Very few Thunderbirds have been successfully mated to their originating paperwork, but this fine example has the distinct advantage of this highly desirable provenance.  This document confirms the following original factory equipment for this car…

·       Pastel Yellow Body Color

·       815x15 WSW (White sidewall) Tires with Red Band (a Thunderbird-exclusive tire created by Firestone)

·       Power Windows

·       Power Retracting Antenna

·       Tinted Glass

·       Heavy Duty Battery

·       Fender Shields

You will also note that the car came with 8 gallons of gas for which FORD charged the dealer a whopping $2.40  Those were the days! 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION…includes an original “Shop Tips” publication from Ford in a “Special 1965 Announcement Issue” which includes specifications and engine information on the new Thunderbird and all other Ford models for ’65.  The 2016 VTCI 1st Place Score-sheet and many restoration receipts also accompany the car.

#5Y85Z153303 VIN DECODING:  5 (1965 Model Year) Y (Wixom Lincoln/Thunderbird Assembly Plant) 85 (Thunderbird Convertible) Z (390 cid V8 w/4BBL) 53303 (Production Sequence Number) 

DATA PLATE DECODING:  76A (Thunderbird Convertible) G (Pastel Yellow Paint) 26 (Black Interior) 18C (March 18, 1965 Production Date) 74 (Seattle District Sales Office) 1 (3.00 Axle) 4 (3-Speed Dual-Range Automatic Transmission)

OPERATIONAL REPORT…the car is a joy to drive.  The Power Steering, Power Brakes (front disc), and Dual-Range 3-Speed Automatic all combine to make this car a joy to drive on the boulevard, in traffic, and on the highway.  It has been reliably driven to many T’Bird Club events, and to Chattanooga, TN where it won a 1st Place award.

Everything was tested & working at time of listing except the automatic brake release (it is manually released) and the high-beam dash indicator lamp. Although no washer fluid was available for the empty reservoir bag - the pump motor responded.

LOCATION:  Atlanta Metro Area (Alpharetta, GA…approx. 30 miles North of Atlanta, GA)

THE FIRST 22 PICTURES will give you a general overview of this handsome 1965 Thunderbird, but if you are seriously interested...we suggest that you look at ALL 100+ images because we want you to see EVERYTHING. Simply "scroll down" to see the pictures.

ODOMETER NOTE...the odometer currently reads 38,618. Due to the design limitations of odometers of this era, accurate mileage since new cannot be known with absolute certainty – however, the overall condition and operation of the car suggests that this might be the original mileage.

PAYMENT must be made via Bank to Bank wire transfer, or in cash. 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT & CONDITION OF SALE REMARKS:  Bill of Sale and Vehicle Registration documents will be provided to the Buyer.

NOTE:  The state of Georgia does not require titles for pre-1986 vehicles.  Instead of a title, “Non-Title” appears in the title field of the Vehicle Registration.  Since Georgia requires proof of ownership before Vehicle Registration documents can be issued, the current Vehicle Registration becomes the government-issued document of ownership.  ALL states must respect the DMV laws of all other states…so the car can be registered, insured, and driven in ANY state.  Whether your state also issues a title or not, is entirely dependent upon your state’s DMV laws.

This Vehicle is sold strictly as-shown and on a final as-is basis without any warranties expressed or implied due to age. Even the very best and most valuable classics will require additional maintenance and service - often without warning.  Therefore, please expect to continue - as the new owner and caretaker of this classic - to perform additional maintenance and repairs.  We hope that you are able to enjoy the car without the need for an immediate repair - but understand that this indeed could be found necessary.  As seasoned collectors know, every time you start (or attempt to start) a classic car is a new experience...it could be a wonderful ride, or a new repair to undertake.  That is the nature of the hobby, and this car (or any classic car) should not be purchased if you are not prepared for this reality. We have presented the car accurately to the best of our ability, but oversights are possible.  Therefore prospective buyers are welcome to examine the vehicle in person.  All sales are final.

Though this car has been driven long distances to shows, this is not done often or regularly, therefore (due to age) we recommend that it be transported to its new locale.

We remind you to be sure to review ALL the images and ALL the captions for this classic because - in addition to this description - they relate important information too!

QUESTIONS?...after reviewing ALL the images and reading the entire description, please call Jim Murphy if you have any questions:  706-429-7924

FINAL NOTE...IMPERFECTIONS – The car is very nice, most certainly one of the nicest of this year/make/model extant.  But because there is no such thing as a perfect car, please expect some imperfections.  Because we endeavor to place the camera everywhere that you can look, you will notice most imperfections yourself.  However, in the last set of images, we show several close-ups of imperfections of the type you should expect.



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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Condition
    Restored 1st Place VTCI Award Winner
  • Mileage
    38,618 miles
  • Engine
    8 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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