BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

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This 1961 Ford Thunderbird is a lightly modified example built by the seller that features a non-original Ford 390ci V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, new paint and interior, rebuilt suspension, and more as described below. Engine displacement has been slightly increased and other features include an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and stainless exhaust. This Thunderbird is being offered with rebuild documentation, a recent oil change, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

The car was repainted in 2016 and shows a few minor imperfections and a noted scratch on the trunk lid. Brightwork shows minor wear in some areas, but otherwise appears to be intact.

BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Rolling stock consists of steel wheels with stylized covers and newer tires. The front brakes have been converted to discs while the rear retains the factory drums.

BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

The interior is finished in white vinyl with brushed aluminum trim that extends across the dashboard, center console, and both doors. A non-functioning left-quarter window and erratic power driver’s seat are both noted.

BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

The stock vinyl-wrapped steering wheel remains intact with distinctive aircraft-style instruments behind. Just over 104k miles are indicated.

BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Power comes from a non-original 390ci V8 that has been fitted with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and a stainless Magnaflow exhaust. The 3-speed automatic transmission and radiator have been rebuilt, and newer ancillary parts include a power steering pump, battery, and fuel tank. An oil change and mechanical inspection were recently completed.

BaT Auction: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

The stainless exhaust is highlighted in the above photo, and the gallery contains a few detailed photos showing the condition of the undercarriage. Per the seller, the following suspension components have been replaced along with all the associated hardware:

  • LH/RH outer tie rod ends, sleeves
  • LH/RH inner tie rod ends, sleeves
  • Upper and lower ball joints
  • Upper and lower control arm bushings
  • Sway bar bushings

 

 

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