1973 Ford Thunderbird – $8,000
Big Bird. That’s the nickname Ford Thunderbird enthusiasts apply to the sixth generation version produced between 1972 and 1976. They call it that for good reason: With a 120.4-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 214 inches, and a curb weight of over 4,800 pounds when equipped with a 460 cubic inch V8, it was the largest Thunderbird ever produced by Ford, sharing the assembly line with the Lincoln Continental Mark IV. Despite offering two of the largest displacement V8 engines ever installed in a production vehicle by Ford, the sixth generation Thunderbird’s heft combined with decreasing emissions-controlled restrictive power output resulted in modest performance and horrific fuel economy. If you prefer style over gas mileage and love early-seventies Avacado Green, then you will love this 460-powered, 53K original mile example currently listed here on Craigslist in Pelham, New York for $8,000.
The Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the ask currently falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $7,700 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $12,300. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms the private seller has their Big Bird priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $8,400, and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $12,100.
With only 53K original miles and equipped with the optional 460 cubic inch V8 (a 429 version came standard), this Thunderbird also features the unique combination of color-matched vinyl top and wheel covers. While this ’73 features the clunkier five-mile-per-hour bumper upfront, this was the final year of the nicely integrated wall-to-wall bumper-mounted tail light assembly. Unfortunately, the seller does not provide any pictures of the interior, so we hope the low mileage confirms the interior to be in like-new condition during your in-person inspection. This is another prime candidate for Preservation Class judging in Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) Events.
If you are serious about buying this sixth-generation Thunderbird, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting the private seller at (914)217-5838 When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Big Bird featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Hi, I am offering my all original 1973 thunderbird. The car is completely original with all factory stickers. The car has 53,000 miles. The car has a Ford 460 v8, paired with an automatic transmission. Runs beautifully. The exterior is triple green an extremely rare package. The car has zero rust. Feel free to call at 914two one seven 58three8 PRICED TO MOVE”
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