Restored Thunderbird Convertible 428 Tri-Power with A/C
Are you looking for a super cool V8 convertible that's ready for cruising? How about one with some of the best modern styling ever draped over two doors and four tires? If the answer was a resounding YES, this 1963 Thunderbird is exactly the car you've been looking for! With a real deal 428 Police Interceptor V8, tri-power setup, completely sorted mechanicals and a body that's fit for an astronaut, it's the perfect weekend bruiser for anyone who enjoys getting a little fresh air out on the open road.
Solid and straight, this T-bird's jet-inspired body reflects picturesque correct Ford code A Black paint which exudes a rich and classy demeanor. From its excellent shine to its chip free rocker panels, the car's deep, glossy finish is as nice as many of our much more expensive offerings, and certainly nicer than when the car rolled out of a Ford showroom almost 50 years ago. Ford Black is legendary for its upscale appearance, and when paired with this Thunderbird's streamlined red interior it creates the perfect visual culmination of speed and sophistication. Naturally, a design like this requires top-notch panel fit and it appears the folks who put this car together took a lot of time making sure every inch of the bullet-like body maintained the excellent cohesion of the original design. In short, the body & paint on this car are exceptional, and it's a stunning tribute to one of the coolest designs to ever fly out of Dearborn, Michigan.
Looking more like a high priced Lincoln than a working man's Ford, the third generation Thunderbird combined sleek styling with bright, detailed accents to create a very popular gentleman's express. At the front of the car, four 'bullet style' headlights split a canted chrome bumper, which integrates a toothy stainless grille, from a stainless trimmed hood which wears an upsized traditional Thunderbird scoop. At the edge of that hood, a good looking Thunderbird emblem spreads familiar teal wings, and at the back of that hood like-new glass is bordered by more well-maintained stainless trim. Behind that windshield a new black cloth top gives way to a rare sports roadster option which turns this high class four-seater into a dramatic two-seater in a snap. At the sides of the car, bold stainless trim traces ridged side panels from front to back turning the cars door handles and chrome rearview mirrors into both functional and stylish accessories. Below those trick door handles, stainless 'feathers' highlight jet inspired power bulges, and on the rear fenders pristine chrome “Thunderbird” scripts sit above optional fiberglass fender shields. At the back of the car, a familiar thin Thunderbird rear valence is comprised of a contoured trunk lid and a second show worthy chrome bumper. At its corners, intricately detailed turbine style tail lights provide a pretty convincing imitation of rocket engines; and at the center of the trunk, a second great looking teal inlayed T-bird emblem floats just above an indention for the car's tag.
Lift this cars long black hood and you'll find a hot 428 Police Interceptor V8 which provides way more scoot than any tired, old run-of-the-mill 390 ever could. This high horsepower 1967 428 engine is complete with a Tri-power set up. Firing instantly and purring to life with ease, it's a torque-happy monster which pushes this relatively lightweight body down the road with authority. Aesthetically, the engine bay is exceptionally clean for a car that's seen regular use and features appropriate dress up items like finned aluminum Shelby valve covers and an aluminum air cleaner alongside well placed chrome accents. More observant readers will notice some thoughtful and correct upgrades which include a seven blade flex fan, a reproduction Autolite Sta Ful battery and a cool FoMoCo washer fluid bag. Clearly this T-bird was built to cruise, and it's a reliable, fully sorted muscle car that'll have you ripe with anticipation for the warm, sunny days of spring.
At the bottom of this incredibly solid car, rust free floor pans combine with a straight and sturdy frame to provide an excellent foundation for years of top down fun. There's no rot or serious issues that detract from the cars value; and by the looks of the pans and fender wells, this T-bird has never been seriously damaged in any way. Under the engine, a reliable coil spring suspension holds factory optioned power steering between correct power drum brakes. At the back of the car, sturdy looking leaf springs are flanked by two more correct power drum brakes and what appears to be the cars original rear end. Behind the big 428 engine, an original C6 Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and puts the power to the ground with ease. At the sides of that transmission, an aluminized mandrel bent dual exhaust system sends spent gas from correct cast iron manifolds to an H-pipe crossover and great sounding factory replacement mufflers. At the corners of the car, correct Kelsey Hayes designed 48 spoke wire wheel covers, which were included with the sports roadster option, wear correct front spinners and fresh 215/75 Mohave white wall tires.
Inside the car, a stunning streamlined Ford code 55 red interior combines excellent looking stainless trim with plush silver piped seats and a like-new dash. Ingress and egress is made easier by the first ever application of a tilt steering column which holds a classic ornate wheel on top of a chrome column shifter. Luxuries such as power windows, remote mirrors and power convertible top controls are sprinkled throughout the interior, and Ford's Selectaire air conditioning system turns hot days into cool rides. Below the seats, fresh red carpet holds by new black rubber T-bird floor mats below a substantial locking console and billet foot pedals; and at the sides of the seats, sculpted door panels prop long arm rests under great looking stainless trim. In front of the driver, a dramatic dual cowl dash houses a correct Thunderbird radio and awesome looking '3D' gauges that were inspired by the space program are some of the coolest I've ever seen. In fact, this cars jet fighter cockpit is just plain cool to look at period, and it's definitely one of the many highlights of a great design.
Documentation included with this sale is an original Ford build sheet, new, clear copies of that build sheet, the cars original owner's manual, a stack of restoration receipts, a vintage Thunderbird shop manual and information pertaining to the cars status on the national Thunderbird registry.
It doesn't matter whether you're a Ford guy, a Mopar guy or a Chevy guy, this buff Thunderbird is one of those cool cars that transcends barriers and has universal appeal. Its great looks, great performance, and a great color combo all add up to an exceptional car that can be driven and enjoyed every day of the summer. Enjoy it as is or tinker with it to make it sharper, either way you'll have a high value cruiser that has unmatched curb appeal and the muscle to back up its good looks.
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