The Ford Thunderbird, initially conceived as 'a personal car of distinction,' emerged as Ford Motor Company's answer to the Corvette, albeit with distinct differences. While both boasted potent V8 engines and two-seater layouts, the Thunderbird catered more to drivers who sought a blend of comfort and luxury alongside their performance. The 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Mach 1 Special Edition presented here stands as a testament to refined enthusiasm. Remarkably preserved with a mere 1,350 original miles, as attested by the current owner, this vehicle's matching numbers only add to its allure. This exceptionally well-preserved Thunderbird is now seeking a new home, destined for a discerning enthusiast's collection.
Draped in the distinctive Mach 1 Special Edition Red exterior paint, this Thunderbird makes a bold statement. Its classic '80s aesthetics exude a certain charm, characterized by iconic hood scoops, balanced design, and 16" aluminum wheels wrapped in reportedly new tires, accentuated by Mach 1 window tags. It possesses an understated elegance, ideal for enthusiasts who prefer to let their vehicle's performance do the talking, in stark contrast to the Corvette's more attention-seeking demeanor. Inside the cabin, you'll find a classic black interior, featuring snug front bucket seats ready for spirited driving or relaxed cruising. The interior is impeccably preserved, mirroring the exterior's pristine condition, and retains its distinctive '80s character, devoid of modern touchscreens. However, the thrill provided by the engine more than compensates for any contemporary infotainment.
Under the hood lies a potent turbocharged 2.3L inline-four engine mated to a Borg Warner T5 5-speed manual transmission with a 3.55 gear ratio, operated via a floor shifter. Equipped with electronic fuel injection, this engine channels its power to the rear wheels through a Ford 8.8" rear axle and limited-slip differential. The Thunderbird's balanced body and 4-wheel power disc brakes ensure precise control, making it an ideal vehicle for enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating driving experience.
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