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Ford Thunderbird

Year: 1964|Miles: 80,518|Ext: Wimbledon White |Int: Light Beige|$10,000|

RB Collection is pleased to offer this highly original, unrestored 1964 Thunderbird hard top. This car has never been fully disassembled, and it remains in remarkably unmolested condition. This car was owned locally by the same family for many years, before being treated to a light recommissioning by our own in-house restoration team. It is finished in Wimbledon White over a light beige interior, and it presents in very good condition for an unrestored, original car. The body panels are straight and overall very sound, with no excessive corrosion found. Exterior bright work, including the bumpers, is all in very good order and unrestored, showing only minor pitting on close inspection. The car rides on blackwall tires with a full set of original wheel covers intact.

Similarly, the interior is very tidy and original down to the carpets. The beige vinyl upholstery is very good, showing minimal wear on the front and rear seats. The carpeting shows some moderate wear, but it remains presentable overall. Interior fittings and switchgear are all intact and in remarkably good condition. Some minor pitting in the cast metal controls and trim pieces can be expected, but it all remains very attractive and charming.

Mechanically, this Thunderbird has been inspected in our facility, and treated to a recent servicing that included a tune up and some minor dialing-in. The 390 cubic inch V8 runs well and is mated to a Cruise-O-Matic MX transmission. Suspension and braking feel good for this being an original car. It drives and rides quite well and only minor sorting should be needed to make this an enjoyable, reliable classic. This 1964 Thunderbird is a fine example of the breed and is sure to impress judges in the AACA Historic Preservation class.

When Ford introduced the stylish new two-seat Thunderbird in 1955, it was very careful not to call it a “sports car.” Ford watched Chevrolet struggle with Corvette sales, so they gave their new competitor a softer, more luxurious twist that was high on style, if not particularly sporty and nimble. The gamble paid off and a respectable 16,000 Thunderbirds found buyers in its first year – compared to a miniscule 700 Corvettes. The Thunderbird was certainly sporty – but marketing it as a “personal car” that appealed to a successful, style conscious buyer was a stroke of genius by Ford’s top brass.

For 1958, Ford made another bold move, taking the T-Bird upmarket, transforming it into a luxurious new four-seater that would define the Thunderbird name for decades to come. The four-seat “Personal Car” proved even more popular than the two-seat roadster, and Ford had yet another hit on its hands. For 1961, the T-Bird was dramatically restyled again with a distinct pointed nose and clean, slab-sided body. In 1964, the fourth-generation T-Bird debuted with a more formal, squared-off roofline and sculpted body sides. This new Thunderbird was the most luxurious to date, and it remained a very popular car with buyers, competing with the likes of the Buick Riviera and Chrysler 300.

  • Highly original
  • Unrestored
  • Wimbledon White over a light Beige interior