1988 Ford Thunderbird for sale 101329476
1988 Ford Thunderbird
Classic Auto Mall Inc
(877) 516-3869

1988 Ford Thunderbird

Coupe Car for sale by Classic Auto Mall Inc in Morgantown, Pennsylvania 19543

Or $171 / mo. Get Personalized Payment


Email Dealer

By using this service you accept the terms of Autotrader Specialty's Visitor Agreement.


Related Articles

Windy City Warriors

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.

Savoy Faire is Everywhere

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

1988 Ford Thunderbird Coupe The name was not among the thousands proposed, including rejected options such as Apache (the original name of the P-51 Mustang), Falcon (owned by Chrysler at the time), Eagle, Tropicale, Hawaiian, and Thunderbolt. A Ford stylist who had lived in the southwest submitted the Thunderbird name. The word thunderbird is a reference to a legendary creature for North American indigenous people. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California also lays claim to being the inspiration for the name of the car. Ernest Breech, a Thunderbird Country Club member, who was then chairman of Ford Motor Company was supposedly deeply involved in the creation of the Thunderbird. Breech asked the Clubs permission to name the new model after the club and the club consented to the use of the name. For consignment we offer this nearly perfect, very low mileage (25,661 original miles) car that is from a good year of the Thunderbird design. In fact, in 1987/88 there was a complete redesign, and it was definitely all for the better. Exterior Looking like it was just dipped in Dark Cinnabar metallic and then add some Rose Quartz metallic highlighting for above the belt line surfaces, this pristine exterior paint shows very little wear or faults. The only chrome on this car are the badges, and window surrounds and they are shining brightly. This nicely executed fox bodied design has integrated headlights, all black trim, dual black sport mirrors, and a pinstripe that works its way around the total circumference of the car at the belt line. A sunroof is noted, and phone dial polished aluminum wheels are seen on all 4 corners. This is a stunning 25,660 mile car exterior-wise and it is hard to find fault! Interior Deep Cinnabar crushed velour cloth covers the front power bucket seats, (inoperable)and rear bench seating complete with a cushy fold down armrest. One needs to look very closely to see any wear or faults in the cloth although there is slight fading. The very same holds true for the carpeting which is flooding the floor and presents very cinnabar and very clean. A black and cinnabar console speeds up the center between the buckets and houses the power buttons and toggles for the seats, power windows, and mirrors. Moving forward and upward we note a System Sentry warning light panel, climate controls, and then a killer AM/FM/Cassette Stereo complete with a factory Equalizer. Gauge cluster which is all digital displays all the necessary functions of engine operation. Exterior lighting, and power antenna sit behind an original very nicely preserved steering wheel. Headliner is nice and tight and shows near perfect as it surrounds the sunroof. Door panels are near showroom and house the power locks for the doors. Drivetrain Sitting proudly in the engine bay, and not to be outshined by the exterior and interior, the 302ci V8 fed by EFI and backed by a Ford AOD 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. A Ford 8.8-inch rear with 2.73 gears is waaaay back there throwing power to the rear wheels. Undercarriage To sum it up in a word, Ill use well cared for, and slight surface rust on the usual suspects. Nary a hint of structural issues. Suspension is supported by a 4-link suspension in the rear, and an independent front suspension. Power front disc brakes with power rear drums present on the corners. Drive-Ability Starts right up, idles smoothly, and ticks like a switch watch on the power end with smooth acceleration and just as smooth ride. Crushed velour has a way of growing on you (literally with its fuzzies that sometimes go awry!). Sitting in this car is like going back in time, and one can almost still whiff the Cinnabar smell in this low mileage, very well kept, very nice, example of the 1988 Bird. Loaded with conveniences this is a cool bird. Driven somewhat sparingly, and well maintained, this 1988 car has plenty of flight time left in her! VIN Decode 1FABP62FXJH179620 1FA-Ford USA Passenger Car B-Manual Belts P62-Thunderbird LX F-302 ci V8 SEFI X-Check Digit J-1988 H-Lorain, OH Assy Plant 179620-Sequential Unit Number Door Sticker EXT PNT 8N, 5C- Dark Cinnabar Clearcoat Metallic, Rose Quartz Clearcoat Metallic BODY 63D-Thunderbird LX INT KK-Cinnabar Cloth AX 8-8.8 2.73 Gears TR TLLEE-AOD 4 Speed Automatic

Show More Show Less

Vehicle History Report

Purchase The AutoCheck Vehicle History Report

Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    25,659 miles
  • Engine
    302 cu. in. V-8
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
    4 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

Classic Car Buyer's Tools

Shipping & Transport

Immediately receive a quote to get your new classic car delivered right to your driveway from Autotrader’s trusted Classic Transport Partner ShipYourCarNow. Click Now!


JJ BEST BANC & CO, the leader in classic and collector car financing. Long terms, low rates, quick and easy approvals. J.J. Best offers financing for classic and collector vehicles from antique to modern. Let us help you drive your dream car today! Click or call 1-800-872-1965 to apply now! Click here

Appraisals & Inspections

For the latest and most reliable Classic and Collectible Car prices, values, production numbers and local car clubs, always trust NADAguides.com. Get more info


Considering buying a new classic? Get a quote before you buy. Agreed value, lowest rates. Go with Grundy Insurance, www.Grundy.com or 888-647-8636 Get Quotes Now

Suspect Fraud? Report it
We use cookies and browser activity to improve your experience, personalize content and ads, and analyze how our sites are used. For more information on how we collect and use this information, please review our Privacy Policy. California consumers may exercise their CCPA rights here.