Swan Song: 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible – SOLD!

Feb 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

February 17, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

February 4, 2021 Update – This just in from the “you can’t make this stuff up department: the private seller of this very pretty ’66 Thunderbird just posted a fresh listing and since the car did not sell in the first ad, they made the bold strategic move to increase the asking price by $2,000 to $27,000.

Yes, we came across another gorgeous mid-sixties Ford Thunderbird convertible, and yes, we did not hesitate to include it as part of our latest Topless Thursday. Guilty as charged. The extremely clean top-down design of the convertible models looks good in any color we’ve come across, but this restored Rangoon Red over white 1966 “Flair Bird” originally listed in January 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio takes the cake.  Reported to have been restored fifteen years ago, the current caretaker now has their  T-Bird listed for $27,000, which is $2,000 more than their original ask in January 2021. Based on the current Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, they have it priced between #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $16,900 the #3 “Good” appraisal of $27,000.

Ford introduced the fourth generation of its Thunderbird personal luxury car in 1964 and produced it for only three model years through 1966. While virtually identical to the prior year, for 1966, the 390-cubic-inch V8’s power was increased to 315 horsepower.  All models featured a new front clip. A flatter hood, re-shaped front fenders, new headlight buckets, new egg-crate grille with large Thunderbird emblem, new bumper guards, a single bumper bar, and painted roll pan replaced the previous two model year’s two-piece front bumper. The rear taillights were revised, now a 3 piece unit going the full width across the rear, the backup light now located in the center section replaced the formerly rear roll pan mounted lamps. While the unique Town Landau hardtop accounted for over half of all sales, the convertible continued to use the tuck-in-the-trunk design that made the top-down look of these cars so clean.

If you’ve ever wondered how these Thunderbirds have such a clean look with the convertible top folded, this video posted on the YouTube Channel This Week With Cars provides a nice overview:

We just love how pretty this Thunderbird is in its red-over-white color combination.  Other than the convertible top showing wrinkling from being stored in its down position, we can find little to fault about this example based upon the pictures provided.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“A Beautiful 1966 Thunderbird Factory Z-Code 390 Engine Restored About 15 Years Ago Runs Excellent Garage Kept Mostly With The Top Down Rare Genuine Spoke Wheels 85,000 Original Actual Miles Clean Ohio Title I Can Send A Video Of It Running Alotta Fun To Drive And A Excellent Investment Serious Cash Buyers Only Please Call show contact info
Thanks For Looking Godbless”

Show or go: what would you do with this T-Bird?  Comment below and let us know!


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