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The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 209

1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

$26,400 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012


Chassis No.
5Y85Z141066

300 hp, 390 cu. in. V-8 engine with four-barrel Holley carburetor, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.

Although the fourth generation Thunderbird was introduced in 1964, some innovations intended for the new model were delayed and did not reach production until 1965. Most notably, front disc brakes became standard, as did the dramatic sequential rear turn signals. Properly restored in Code J Rangoon Red with matching upholstery, this Thunderbird is one of the top-shelf Fords from the collection. It was restored in 2006 to concours quality inside and out, including a full undercarriage rebuilt with new shocks and springs in the front and rear. The 390 engine was rebuilt during the process. Body and panel fit were exacted to high standards, with an exquisite paint finish. The fully automatic white convertible top stows away into the reverse opening trunk, which allows for placement of the added fiberglass roadster boot. Other features include a swing away steering wheel, front disc brakes, power steering, a sequential turn signal, and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. This example is ready for AACA judging.

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