1963 Ford Thunderbird Landau - auction action

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Big luxo cruiser is an iconic shape

1963 Ford Thunderbird Landau - auction action
Thunderbirds of this era are impossible to miss...

For many people, when they think of a Ford Thunderbird it's the distinctive 'Bulletbird' or third-generation shape which springs to mind.

The giant four-seater coupe had developed as Ford's most successful luxury car by this stage, selling over a quarter of a million for this generation alone.

Inside, this series is very special - it's almost an occasion to get into one. Huge curving panels catch the eye along with acres of chrome trim.

There were also niceties such as a swing-away steering wheel to allow easier entry and exit, plus (depending on models and accessories ordered) air conditioning, power door locks and power windows.

The Landau, with its distinctive vinyl-clad roof, marked the start of a vinyl roof trend across the industry that lasted for several years.

You got a 390ci (6.4lt) V8 standard with this model along with the Ford Cruise-o-matic auto transmission.

This example is said by the auction house to be in 'immaculate' condition.

Online bidding has started at Lloyds and the final auction happens today. Look for lot 7.


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