5k Flash: 1991 Ford Thunderbird Morphed into ’49 Ford

The 10th generation Ford Thunderbird was an abysmal car when introduced in 1989 and was somehow still living in Ford dealers purchased only by people who remembered what a 1st generation T-Bird looked/drove like but were now blind and insensitive to acceleration forces (probably deaf too!).  The T-Bird was not an attractive car, and it’s hard to imagine someone making it look uglier…but…you can be the judge of this 1991 Ford Thunderbird that has been transformed into a ’49 Ford lookalike and is now for sale in Hanover, PA on ebay for $4,500 buy-it-now (currently bidding at $3,225 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go).

It is hard to detect the remains of the T-Bird body under the sculpted front end, chrome bumper and flat black paint, but this did leave the Ford factory as an overpriced pseudo-Luxury coupe.

This shoebox look-a-like is powered by a 3.8 pushrod V6, the ‘Essex’, an all iron lump that puts out a shameful 140 horsepower, which when mated to an automatic transmission and hooked to a 3700 lb beast is going to create zero fun.  Seriously, you’ll have more fun riding the bus to work.

Red cloth interior.  Who on earth would have looked at this in 1991 and said “Heck yeah, I want this shade of whorehouse red over any number of reasonable interior colors on cars available at my Ford dealer?”  We are still befuddled that one single 1991 T-Bird with the base 3.8 ever left the lot, much less one with a ghastly red interior.

Wow – more awesome in the back….we noticed this car isn’t wearing plates in the front or rear – and while this isn’t uncommon in our home state of California, it is surprising the police just don’t pull over and arrest all the offenders…but we’d suggest putting some faux black plates on this beast for the full ’49 look.

However, our favorite part of this ebay listing is the text of the ad.  Here it is in its entirety:

You are bidding on a unique Custom Cruiser 49-50 Ford Kit Car, built on a 1991 Ford Thunderbird. Bid with confidence!! 

That is it.  No description of who built it, why, how…etc…not exactly confidence inspiring…

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