Lot 149 - 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot 149 - 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot 149 - 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot Number 149
Registration HDV 655D
Chassis Number 6Y8SZ153833
Odometer reading 89,603 miles
Estimate £23,000 - £28,000

The Thunderbird entered production in 1955 as a sporty, two-seat convertible and, unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, was not marketed as a sports car. Instead, Ford created a new market segment, the Personal Car. Ford has since produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds. The second to fourth generation Thunderbird convertibles were similar in design to the Lincoln convertible in that whilst these models had a true convertible soft top, this was lowered to stow in the forward boot area. The boot lid was rear-hinged; raised and lowered via hydraulic cylinders during the top raising or lowering cycle. When fully retracted, there is no sight of the soft top and the overall appearance is a sleek one with no trace of a hood at all. For 1964, the Thunderbird was re-styled in favour of a more squared-off appearance, hinting at its roots in the previous generation. The 300 horsepower, 6.4-Litre, FE V8 continued as the standard engine, paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. In the last year of the generation, 1966, saw a stylistic revision for the Thunderbird highlighted by a new egg-crate style grille with a large Thunderbird emblem at its centre and a new rear fascia.

 

Originally registered in the US on 1st January 1966 this Ford was imported into the UK in April 2015. This splendid example is finished in white with blue interior and equipped with power everything, cruise control, sequential taillights, swing away steering wheel and disc brakes. Also, perhaps more importantly, the electric roof works perfectly. Turn the key and the 6.3 litre V8 bursts into life, we are advised this Thunderbird drives as good as she looks. Supplied with a V5 registration document, the original handbooks and a history folder, this award winning Ford is a real headturner. Less than 8% of 1966 Thunderbirds were convertible which makes this car very rare, this is surely a collector's item.

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