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The 21st century Ford Thunderbird was a collectable the moment it hit the showroom, but some are more collectable than others. This relatively rare (#909 out of 1000) 2004 Ford Thunderbird Pacific Coast Roadster stands out in a crowd while still delivering the same driving experience that keeps these cars in such high demand. Like the Neiman-Marcus and 007 editions, the Pacific Coast Roadster got its own color called Monterey Mist Green, which makes the Thunderbird look sleek, not vintage. For a car thats been around for 15 years now, the finish is in very good condition, a testament to both the care it has received and the fact that it was never really used as a daily driver. Build quality on these cars was quite good, with sharp gaps all around and doors that close with a solid sound, rather well done for a car with a convertible top. The vintage T-Bird look is still there in small doses, particularly up front where theres a nice chrome grille and hood scoop, while out back, the big, round taillights are a 21st century take on Fords favorite jet-age styling feature. Beautiful Thunderbird emblems resemble the originals with their inlaid turquoise details and a few well-chosen bits of chrome give this Bird an upscale feel. If youre going to pick nits, theres a small scuff on the rear bumper, but overall this car is really impressively clean for its age. The Light and Dark Ash interior is a nice contrast to the metallic green paint and its far more comfortable in the sun than black and far more interesting than tan. It also appears to be years younger and miles fresher than youd expect, with seats showing only very minor wear and its worth noting that this was the only time cloth inserts were used on the Thunderbird. Of course, on Fords flagship, everything was standard, so you get ice cold A/C, power windows, locks, mirrors, and seats, cruise control, and a great-sounding stereo that works well top up or top down. There were several different dashboard finishes available, but the Pacific Coast Roadsters received a unique dot pattern that looks great with the white-faced gauges and turquoise pointers. Its strictly a 2-seater, but theres a well-finished package shelf behind the seats and a good-sized trunk thats fully upholstered in as-new condition. And like the Birds of the past, this one offers both a unique Light Ash convertible top (power assisted, of course) as well as a contrasting Ash Metallic porthole hardtop. The only engine available in the late-model Birds was a 3.9 liter DOHC V8 that delivered the kind of effortless performance that made the original so popular. Its not a racer, but its competent and has a great V8 growl thanks to a modified exhaust system that dumped the rear resonators. It starts easily, idles smoothly, and moves the tidy convertible with gusto but never threatens to get unruly. A 5-speed automatic transmission was the only choice, and it, too, specializes in always being in the right gear without attracting a lot of attention. An all-independent suspension handles well but doesnt jostle occupants and the 4-wheel discs are powerful. And thanks to a recent $4500 service that included all new power steering components, A/C service, new water pump, and a lot of other work, its 100% ready to drive and enjoy. Finally, those 16-spoke alloys are also unique to the Pacific Coast Roadster and wear expensive 235/50/17 Michelin radials. This Thunderbird neatly balances price and quality with fun and collectability, making it a great choice for a late-model hobby car. Call today!
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