The Ford Thunderbird was created in 1955 as Ford’s ‘personal luxury car’ in response to the rising tide of performance-oriented models. Ford wanted to create something with a focus on driving comfort and with convenience features. Initially penned as a two-seater, the 1958-onwards model introduced a rear seat, and it can be considered America’s interpretation of a ‘Grand Tourer’. In fact, the Thunderbird was so well received that between 1968 and 1998, Ford’s sister brand Lincoln marketed rebadged Thunderbirds as various models in its lineup. This 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Coupe available for sale is a fourth-generation Thunderbird. The fourth generation ran between 1964 and 1966 and saw a restyle towards a more squared-off design ethos. Two hundred thirty-six thousand examples of the fourth generation were produced over its three-year span. Offered as a hardtop or convertible, this example is a hardtop known as the Town Coupe variant. The car comes from Illinois, is reported to be a numbers-matching car and has seen 52,975 miles so far. It is also said to be an all-original survivor by the current owner, who is stated to have inherited the car.
This 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Coupe is reported to have been repainted at some point in its life. The exterior is a shade of maroon that, in some lighting, tinges towards coppery, lending it an alluring shade. The car rolls on period-correct rims and Thunderbird-etched hubcaps, wrapped in Dunlop tires with white stripes. It is also reported to be undercoated. The interior is an all-black affair with leather seating for four adults, a thin-rimmed steering wheel with Thunderbird boss and a full array of gauges. Factory-fitted air conditioning is also present, as is a push-button radio and chrome interior trim.
Fourth-generation Thunderbirds came with a choice of three V8 engines, ranging from 390ci to 428ci. This 1966 example is equipped with the 390ci (6.4L) V8 that drives the rear wheels through a Ford C6 three-speed automatic transmission. Originally putting out 300bhp, the output gained an increase to 315bhp for 1966. The Thunderbird is a comfort cruiser, which is reflected in its soft suspension set-up. Braking is via discs at the front and drums at the rear.
- Up For Sale is Our 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Coupe
-Car Location: Illinois
-Reported to be a matching number car
-Car was reported to be repainted at some point in its life
-Current owner inherited the car
-Reported to be all original survivor
-52975 original miles