Money Maker: 1958 Ford Thunderbird 33K Survivor – SOLD!
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October 19, 2023, 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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Ford’s original two-seat Thunderbird, known affectionately as the “Baby Bird” among T-Bird enthusiasts, was a successful halo car for the company in dealer showrooms from 1955 through 1957. However, Ford’s market research at the time confirmed a fair amount of sales were lost due to the car only offering two seats. Consequently, Ford management doubled Thunderbirds seating for the 1958 model year when it launched the second-generation “Square Bird.”
The gamble paid off handsomely for Ford. Compared to the smaller Thunderbird, sales of the 1958 model nearly doubled from 1957, with 37,892 built in contrast to the 21,380. We note these figures happened despite Ford’s extended production of the ’57 TBird through December of that year. For the 1959 model year, production increased by some 78 percent to 67,456 units. Considering the U.S. was in a mild recession by 1959, this was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal model year for Ford cars.
This white over red 1958 Ford Thunderbird for sale, first spotted on Craigslist in September 2023 in Los Angeles, is a documented 33K original mile example. The current caretaker explains the low mileage resulted from their Square Bird being a part of a large car collection stored in a warehouse for many years.
Last offered for $23,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with this guide’s six-month results summary for second generation Ford Thunderbirds of all body styles produced for the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling six months:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $15,700 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,200.
The Vintage TV Commercials YouTube Channel features this 1959 Ford Thunderbird commercial:
With only 33K documented original miles, a fresh tune-up, and a new dual exhaust system, this white 1958 Ford Thunderbird hardtop for sale appears to be an excellent survivor-quality example in a great color combination.
If you are serious about buying this Willy-Overland Jeepster, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad. When you connect, please mention that you saw their Jeepster featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
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