Ford Thunderbird Hardtop
The third generation Ford Thunderbird is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the model years 1961 to 1963. It had a new and much more elegant style (made by Bill Boyer) than the second generation. Equipped with a new 390 ci (6.4 L) FE-Series V8, it was the only engine available in 1961. The Thunderbird was the pace car of the 1961 Indianapolis 500 and featured prominently in U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade, probably aided by the appointment of Ford executive Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It shared some styling elements with the much smaller European Ford Corsair.
This example, recently imported from Florida, is totally restored and upgraded and is in exceptional condition. It is equipped with original air conditioning, disc brakes, power seats and windows. Beautiful deep red paint with new red/black leather interior paid over $12,000. It also has the famous “slide away” steering column and beautiful spoked wheels. The engine and transmission have been completely restored. The car won numerous awards and the public’s choice in the USA after its restoration.