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1965 Ford Thunderbird
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Price: $9,950 Stock Number: 10783
Engine: 390ci Thunderbird V8 Transmission: 3-Speed Dual Range Automatic
Mileage: 63844 Believed Original Miles VIN: 5Y83Z138254
Exterior Color: Raven Black w/Black Vinyl Top Interior Color: Black Vinyl
Axle 3.00 Original Patina Paint
AM Radio Swing-A-Way Steering Wheel
Power Brakes Power Steering
Air Conditioning (inop)

Three men are generally credited with creating the original Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a retired GM executive lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II; George Walker, chief stylist, and a Ford vice-president; and Frank Hershey, a Ford designer. Crusoe and Walker met in France in October 1951. Walking in the Grand Palais in Paris, Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, “Why can’t we have something like that?” Walker promptly telephoned Ford’s HQ in Dearborn, Michigan, and told designer Frank Hershey about the idea. Hershey took the idea and immediately began working on the vehicle. The concept was for a two-passenger open car, with a target weight of 2,525 pounds, a powerful V-8 engine and top of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Crusoe saw a painted clay model on May 18, 1953, which corresponded closely to the final car; he gave the car the go-ahead in September after comparing it with current European trends. Unlike the Corvette, the Thunderbird was never a full-blown sporting vehicle. Ford’s description was a personal luxury car and the company essentially created this market segment. Although the original Thunderbird was successful, the corporation’s executives felt its sales volume was too small. Market research suggested that sales were limited by its two-seat configuration, making it an unsuitable choice as an only car for families. The second generation, introduced for the 1958 model year, was designed as a four-seat car, which was designed with unibody construction to allow maximum interior space in a relatively small exterior package. The 1958 Thunderbirds were produced at a new assembly plant in Wixom, Michigan, built as part of a corporate expansion plan to increase the sales of up-market cars (Mercury, Lincoln, and Thunderbird). For many, the new Thunderbird was their welcome to the Jet Age. Big changes came in the mid 60’s when the newly redesigned Ford Thunderbird was introduced. The Thunderbird was restyled in favour of a more squared-off “formal” look. Referred to by some as the ‘Flair-Bird’ or the ‘Jet-Bird’, the Thunderbird’s sporty image was maintained when Ford wisely decided to make the 390 cubic-inch V-8 the standard power plant. The 390 cubic-inch engine with a four-barrel carb and dual exhausts, offered up to 305 horsepower and only needed 11 seconds to push the full-sized T-bird to 60 mph, and it had enough top-end to reach a top-speed of about 120 mph. This T-bird will eat up the asphalt with ease and is fully comfortable at modern highway speeds.

This Example is finished in the original patina raven black with deluxe black leather Interior and black vinyl top. This ’65 all original T-Bird has been well maintained. The options Include: · 3-speed dual range automatic transmission · Power Steering · Power Brakes · Original AM Radio · Front & Rear Speakers · Swing-A-Way Steering Wheel · Clock · Full Instrumentation · Aire Air Conditioning (InOp) · Padded Dash · Vent Windows · Backup Lights · Quad Headlamps · Chrome Dual Side View Mirrors with Remote · Day/Night Rear View Mirror · Bucket Seats · Reclining Passenger Seat · Seat Belts · Thunderbird 390 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine · Dual Exhaust System.

We have logged quite a few test miles and have found the T-Bird to be a good running and driving Bird that we feel you will be very satisfied with.

Please call or email with any questions!

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