1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Older Restoration, Show or Tour

Starting bid: $5,000.00

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The Thunderbirds of the early to mid-sixties were fabulous designs. A tribute to the space age but with a reliable and robust drivetrain. I love them.

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This is a fully restored 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible in its original beautiful shade of Arcadian Blue (Paint Code F).  This was part of a 40 car collection in El Paso, TX and has been owned by our client for the past 10 years.

This T-Bird was built new in the Wixom, MI Ford plant and it spent much of its life in California and by 2000 it was acquired by Frank Armendarez who was the owner of a well regarded restoration facility near El Paso.  At the time he acquired it, the T-Bird was a very nice original car with no rust or accident history.  He set out to perform a “frame up” restoration of the T-Bird, including rebuilding all the systems, suspension, engine, etc.  By 2004, Frank sold the T-Bird to Al Johnson and on July 23rd, 2010 our client acquired this T-Bird as part of his collection.

Though now it is now about a 15-year old restoration, this car still shows beautifully and runs very nicely.  The Arcadian Blue paint (Paint Code F) has wonderful shine and luster, but is not without some fine scratches as shown in the inspection report.  The depth of the paint is rather amazing.  The small imperfections are from the limited use over the years, along the edges of the doors, hood and trunk.  Today the T-Bird would perform well at local and regional car shows and touring events.   Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels really pop out next to the dark blue paint and compliment the look of the T-Bird.  The twin white hand painted coach stripes also accentuate the lines of the car, the white convertible top and compliment the interior coloration.

The interior has been redone in a very attractive cream vinyl with Arcadian Blue accents and dark blue carpeting and is complete with power operated front seats.  The interior is in very nice condition today.  The white vinyl power convertible top is also newer with the more modern electronic relays replacing the more problematic original mechanical systems.   It also features an Arcadian Blue tonneau cover with the cream vinyl contours, giving it the sleek look of a two seater roadster.  The tonneau cover easily removes in a minute.  There is very fine pitting on the interior chrome, which we’ve seen on all T-Birds of the era.

The engine compartment is detailed for show and is rather stunning.  The 390 CID four-barrel carbureted V8 produces 300 hp, which provides for a smooth and effortless driving experience.  These T-Birds are wonderful to drive and are smooth and powerful.  With power steering, power brakes, power seats, windows and top, this T-Bird is nicely equipped.  Fortunately, they are also mechanically very reliable.  This T-Bird runs and drives well.  It has been started every other week and has accumulated only 2,500 miles in the past 10 years.  We love the functionality of the horizontal red bar for the speedometer!

The chassis shows that it was cleaned and painted during the restoration.  It is in nice condition today for touring and general use.  It is still fairly clean and in overall nice condition. This T-Bird also features an aftermarket AM/FM cassette stereo that is branded Thunderbird.  The T-Bird is available for viewing in our Phoenix showroom.

INSPECTION REPORT COMING SOON!  The passenger side convertible top header has an odd small corrosion area that is evident, but does not impact its functionality.  This T-Bird also features power windows which all work, though the window switch gear can be finicky (which we’ve found on most of the T-Birds of the era).

The Hagerty Price Guide reflects a No. 3 value of $26,070 and a No. 2 value of $42,790.  We believe this to be in 2- condition.

For details and information, please text, call or email Daniel Folk at +1.917.890.4230 or email us at daniel@classicpromenade.com.

1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Starting bid: $5,000.00

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1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Starting bid: $5,000.00

VIN 6Y85Z127811
BODY STYLE Convertible
FUEL Gas
MILES 82,257
GEARBOX Automatic
INT COLOR Cream Vinyl
EXT COLOR Arcadian Blue
YEAR 1966
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
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Ford Thunderbird

Interesting Fact: The Ford Thunderbird is an upscale vehicle that featured eleven unique generations. This vehicle sparked the expansion of the market segment for personal luxury vehicles that feature a higher emphasis on driving comfort, rather than high-speed performance. Production on the Ford Thunderbird occurred from 1955 to 1997 and then again from 2002 to…
Interesting Fact: The Ford Thunderbird is an upscale vehicle that featured eleven unique generations. This vehicle sparked the expansion of the market segment for personal luxury vehicles that feature a higher emphasis on driving comfort, rather than high-speed performance. Production on the Ford Thunderbird occurred from 1955 to 1997 and then again from 2002 to 2005. By the end of 2005, Ford had managed to produce over 4.4 million Thunderbirds. The car was originally designed as a sporty two-seat convertible but was not marketed as such. Within a few years, a second row was added, and the Ford Thunderbird is known for getting larger and large in size until the late 1970s. Many V8 engines have been used in the Ford Thunderbird over the years. As the size of the model increased, a larger engine was also required to support the vehicle. This resulted in later models having poor fuel efficiency. While they weren’t advertised for speed, Ford used the Thunderbird body in their NASCAR races, with many hitting an average speed of about 200 miles per hour. The final Thunderbird was manufactured in July of 2005, but the vehicle still holds up as one of the most comfortable and high-performing cars to date!

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