Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Thunderbird


The Ford Thunderbird has had one of many nice American romances within the automotive world, however that hasn’t been true for each iteration of the model. The 1967-71 “Glamour Chook” actually has a following, however the restyled Bunkie Knudsen-era 1970-71 variations don’t appear to garner as a lot love. Regarding the two-door hardtop, its sleeker look is most actually distinctive, which is a superb cause to have this 1971 Ford Thunderbird two-door hardtop as our Choose of the Day. It’s on the market on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Downers Grove, Illinois. (Click on the hyperlink to view the itemizing)

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When the Glamour Chook was launched within the fall of 1966, the large information was that the convertible was dropped, and a four-door was added. That gave the Thunderbird new enchantment available in the market. The 2-doors have been the usual hardtop and Landau, whereas the four-door was solely out there as a Landau. When the Seventies have been launched, the two-doors have been noticeably sportier with a semi-fastback roofline — Ford claimed they have been “SportRoof-styled.” Nonetheless, for 1971, the two-door Landau was given a correct formal roofline like what was final seen in 1969.

Attention-grabbing choices for the brand new two-doors included the Particular Brougham Possibility, which featured high-back bucket seats, middle console, three-spoke Rim-Blow steering wheel, cut-pile carpeting, rear middle armrest, door pull handles, and courtesy lights; outdoors, you’d discover auxiliary grille lamps (not in contrast to these on a Mercury Cyclone), color-keyed stone defend, radial whitewalls, color-keyed wheel covers, bodyside moldings, and wheel lip moldings. New for 1971 was the Cayman grain vinyl roof, which was out there in blue, inexperienced, brown, white, and black.

In line with the vendor, this 69,452-mile 1971 Ford Thunderbird two-door hardtop was initially bought in Clearwater, Florida. Like all Thunderbirds of this classic, is powered by the 360-horsepower 429 V8. “Unique unrestored automotive,” claims the vendor, although there’s a 20-year-old repaint in code S Grey Gold that’s complemented by a brown Cayman vinyl prime. A look within the inside reveals the Brougham Inside Possibility with quilted mild grey gold fabric and vinyl bench seat with middle armrest . . . and take a look at that wrap-around rear seat! Different options embrace AM/FM stereo radio, air con, and Driver’s Management Console (energy controls on the motive force’s aspect door). “New Holley carb, rebuilt trans at 65,000 miles, up to date 134A AC, new battery, and up to date ignition and alternator,” provides the vendor.

Because it stands, this seems to be a properly preserved 1971 Ford Thunderbird with current upkeep to deliver it as much as snuff as a driver. Isn’t that the most effective sort of traditional automotive? For $19,988, it’s a effective method to coddle your self in personal-luxury consolation whereas taunting two-seat T-bird homeowners along with your nifty rear seat. Possibly Bunkie’s favourite T-Chook was not bunk in spite of everything?

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