1976 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop For consignment, and taking up significant real estate in the Classic Auto Mall is this 1976 Ford Thunderbird hardtop. This car is among the last of the no-holds-barred, full-size personal luxury cars, representing the pinnacle of American motoring at the time. At 214 inches long, this Thunderbird is one of the largest two-door coupes ever sold by Ford Motor Company, with the 233-inch long two-door and four-door Lincoln Continental sedans, (produced alongside it), as the only longer vehicle ever marketed by Ford. Distinguished by its sharp-edged exterior design, design themes of the Mark IV and Mark V would be adapted onto Ford vehicles throughout the 1980s. Purchased by our consignor and his wife to drive to Florida every year and fully gone through to ensure a break down free trip, this Thunderbird is ready for whatever you can throw at it. After the wife rode from Naples, FL in a Lincoln Navigator, the Bird is up for consignment and a Navigator is holding its spot in the garage...win you! Exterior Long straight rust-free steel panels with well minded gaps, are all bathed in subtle and calming Cream paint. This paint shows some areas of minor runs in the finish, crazing and cracking, but the car retains its shine. A quad of exposed headlights, a big chromed eggcrate grille in outward V format, cathedral lights flanking on the front corners, and some chrome encased gold trimmings running the length of this car, its looking very proud. The bumpers retain their shine and the other trimmings and badging are all in good condition. On top of the passenger compartment, is a cream gold vinyl landau top with an oval B pillar opera window cut into each side for a dose of extra class. The top is good and houses the rear window surround just above the massive trunk lid. A full width segmented tail light is just below the expansive trunk and another shiny chrome bumper finishes things off. Square and rectangle design chop nice sections into this cars design, and bottoming off this monster is a set of chrome wire wheel covers with the Thunderbird logo in the centers all wrapped in like new thin white walls from the 30th week of 2022. Interior A swing of the doors and we have padded vinyl in faux leather pattern cream, aiding tastefully with molded buttoned vinyl and wood appliqu burl panels which house some of the many convenience options available at the drivers fingertips. Gold carpet is on the bottoms and courtesy lighting makes sure you do not get out and place a Bruno Magli into a surprise puddle. Rich cream leather covers the arm rest equipped bucket seat setup, and talk about padding aplenty you will not go without on these seats. Several padded and buttoned pillow sections are showing on the seating surfaces and the drivers seat is power actuated. The rear bench also does not have us wanting for more luxury, matching the front seating. All seats have nice aging with some folds and slight wear showing. For the dash, a creamy gold surround holds within the round black faced gauges, chromed knobs and pulls, and lots-o-warning lights. An original steering wheel with more wood appliqu is in front and more applique makes an appearance in front of the passenger. Gold carpet floods the floors, and is a deep pile design...perfect to wriggle my piggies in. The headliner is nice and tight as it proudly looks down over this interior. Drivetrain With wires and hoses aplenty along with some blue painting for the engine block and valve covers plus the air cleaner, we note a 460ci V8 insertion. 4-barrels of rebuilt carburetor are atop, and a C6 3-speed automatic transmission is on back with a Ford 9-inch 2.75 rear axle. All have been fully serviced and are ready to perform at the drop of a hat. Undercarriage As the photos show, the undercarriage has some surface rust peeking out from under the peeled off undercoating paint on the suspension. Framing is solid as are the black undercoated floor pans and rockers. Power disc brakes are on the front and power drums are reserved for the rear, along with an independent coil spring front suspension and a glide down the road 4 link and coil spring arrangement in the rear. Allowing all 460 cubes to exhale is a stock style exhaust single piped exhaust. Drive-Ability A quick starter, and smooth runner, this car provides a beautiful ride, and good handling, as well as bias free panic stopping. All conveniences were in working order save for the clock and the power antenna, and the seats were like sitting in my home favorite recliner. A car that is ready, willing and able to be the Florida commuter for a wonderfully lucky couple. But as fate would have it, a more modern ride is now occupying its space in the garage. Based on this car and my interaction with this car, I wouldnt hesitate to drive this miles long personal luxury cruiser anywhere. Luxury right out of 1976...before things got small. 6Y87A129454 6-1976 Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant 87-Thunderbird Hardtop A-460ci V8 4bbl 202hp 129454-Sequential Unit Number Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.