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Guys With Rides is pleased to announce our latest exclusive “Reserved Parking” feature: this driver quality, believed to be three-owner, 84K original mile, 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau Hardtop available in Flemington, New Jersey for the asking price of $5,500. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the current caretakers Keith and his son Ethan have their Landau fairly priced at $3,200 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,600 as their example’s factory air-conditioning is currently blowing warm air.
Ford introduced its fourth generation of its Thunderbird personal luxury coupe for 1964 and the generation lasted for three model years. Despite only a three-year model run for this generation, Ford elected to make a number of changes for 1966 to keep the T-Bird competitive in the fast growing personal luxury segment. Highlights for 1966 included a new egg-crate style grille with a large Thunderbird emblem at its center and a single-blade front bumper. Designers restyled the rear bumper with new full-width tail lamps that continued the cool-to-this-day sequential turn signals. Under the hood, Ford upped the standard engine to a 390 cubic inch (6.4 Liter) V8 equipped with a single four-barrel carburetor producing 315 horsepower. A new hardtop featuring only door windows, the Town Landau, quickly became the most popular T-Bird that year, with 35,105 example built, or roughly 51% of the car’s total production that year. In addition to the unique roofline, Landaus featured standard vinyl tops available in four shades (Black, White, Parchment, and Sage Gold) with S-bars affixed to the roof sides for a more formal look. Sadly, many consider 1966 to be the last classic Thunderbird as it was the final year for unibody construction and the convertible model until 2003.
The third caretakers Keith and his son Ethan purchased this T-Bird from the second owner, another Flemington resident, two years ago. The second caretaker of the car owned for ten years, only putting less than 2,000 miles on the car during that time. Its believed he bought the Thunderbird from the original owner in Pennsylvania. Avid Guys With Rides readers may recognize this Thunderbird as the car featured in our recent post Its More About The Story Than The Car. Originally envisioned as Ethan’s first car once he turned sixteen, now that he has his license he’s has his sights set on getting a smaller Mustang from the same era. Over the past two years, the father and son team worked on their T-Bird together to bring it back to reliable driver-quality condition. We love the airplane-cockpit styling Ford provided Thunderbirds with during this vintage. With air conditioning, cruise control, power seats, power windows combined with standard power steering and brakes, this T-Bird rolled off the assembly line highly optioned. The seller’s note you’ll need to work on the A/C and the cruise control, but everything else works as designed. While the second owner did a nice job replacing the interior’s headliner, all of the other components remain original.
Forget about the patina for a minute. As far as Guys With Rides is concerned, these are the coolest, non-LED tail lights EVER! Comment below if you agree or have another recommendation!
Yes, there are repairable rust spots in the rear quarters, otherwise the believed-to-be-original paint is worn through due to years of waxing and polishing, most recently by Ethan!
Fortunately, the trunk and floor pans on this unibody car are solid and we while can’t confirm, we wonder whether the bias-belted spare tire may original to the car.
As you can hear in the tail light video above, the original 390 cubic inch, four-barrel V8 needs some exhaust work, however it runs well and does not appear to burn any oil. While you wait for spring to come, you can spend the cold months slowly detailing the engine compartment back to like-new condition. The only item that appears to be non-original is the Edelbrock air cleaner, which is an easy fix.
Whether you decide to restore it or enjoy as is, either way you’ll have a comfortable personal luxury cruiser that will have people smiling as you pass by. Either way, good luck with the purchase!
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