Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania proved to be a gorgeous sunny day, so the Guys With Rides Team headed to the 2019 Annual Run With The Angels’ Car Show organized by the Road Angels of Doylestown Car Club that’s held at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown with over 600 street rods, classic, custom, and antique cars and trucks on display.
We were very impressed by the mix of cars and trucks on display. One in particular that caught my eye was this stunning Corinthian White over Light Pearl Beige Leather Interior 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster. Unfortunately, over the years many owners converted their T-Birds into Sports Roadster clones. Carlo, the caretaker of this particular example for the past twenty years, went out of his way to explain to me why his car was in fact the real deal.
Carlo pointed out that at the beginning of the 1962 model year, Ford offered the Sports Roadster as an optional package available on convertible T-Birds. Then mid way through the model year, Ford made the package a specific model with its own Body Style code 76B. Thus, Carlo has one of the 1,100 documented Sports Roasters (vs. 29,000 total T-Bird Convertibles built for 1962) that is the real deal.
We love the rocket ship styling of the 1961-1963 Thunderbirds and as far as we’re concerned they are the prettiest T-bird generation ever made. Ford continued using the tuck-in-the-trunk convertible design originated from their late fifties Skyliner hard top convertible model, so when the top is lowered the car has one of the cleanest roofless profiles ever produced. The Sports Roadster fiberglass tonneau hiding the rear seats only accentuated the clean look.
Options on Carlo’s Thunderbird included a power driver’s seat, power windows, white sidewall tires, a push button radio, and a heavy duty battery that pushed the sticker price of his Thunderbird to $5,902.80 in 1962, which is the equivalent of just over $50,000 in today’s dollars.
The jet-themed optimism of the early 196os carried through to the interior of this car and we absolutely love how the interior matches the exterior. Its a shame that most manufacturers don’t provide that kind of color coordination on their contemporary offerings.
Another ’62 Thunderbird detail we learned Sunday is that any of the cars factory equipped with original Kelsey Hayes wire wheels did not come with rear fender skirts as they would not clear the rims’ knock-off spinners. So if you ever come across a ’61-63 T-Bird with wire wheels and skirts, that’s a dead give-away the wheels came from the aftermarket.
We enjoyed the short time we spent with Carlo and his Sports Roadster. When asked if he had any other collector cars, he replied, “No, just this one as its enough to keep me busy keeping it clean both inside and out.” His attention to detail with his Thunderbird clearly stood out to us at the show!