The Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was introduced in 1983 on the ninth generation Thunderbird platform. Sure, you could get a 5.0 windsor V8 as an upgrade over the basic V6, but if you really wanted performance you needed to step up to the 2.3 liter Turbo-4. Selecting the Turbo Coupe added a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, limited slip differential, big 16-inch wheels and sporty analog gauges. Today a nice used example is cheap and fun. Find this 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe offered for $5000 in Danville, CA via craigslist.
Nobody is going to compare a ’74 Thunderbird to a ’74 Corvette…not in the same way that you could compare a ’57 T-bird to a ’57 Vette. But that didn’t upset the product planners at Ford because Ford sold almost two Thunderbirds for every Vette AND the T-bird cost more. That was because driving a racecar on the street is not that much fun (not that a ’74 Corvette would do well on a track) but cruising around with 5 of your friends in total comfort is rollicking fun. Find this 1974 Ford Thunderbird bidding for $5,200 with 1 day to go, located in Lodi, CA.
The original Ford Thunderbird was launched in 1955 as a lithe two-seater convertible to compete with European imports and Chevy’s Corvette. The T-bird actually outsold the original Corvette by large numbers in the first few years, but Ford’s product planners thought they could do even better by adding rear seats and redesigning the Thunderbird for more comfort and less sportiness. By 1965 the Thunderbird was so bloated and comfort oriented that you would have cross shopped a Lincoln against the Vette, but that doesn’t mean a cheap used Thunderbird doesn’t have a spot in your classic car garage. Find this 1965 Ford Thunderbird offered for $3,100 in Port Charlotte, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: These have to be going up soon… never see them around anymore. This one looks pretty good and priced very reasonably… restore it to factory condition, drive it a bit, then sell it on barret jackson in a coupla years for some profit?? […]
The Ford Thunderbird started life as a lithe 2-seat sports car competing directly with the Chevy Corvette – but by 1967, by then in its 5th generation, it had morphed into a big block monster of a 2-door, and was being driven upmarket by sales of the super popular Ford Mustang. It was restyled in […]
This next car is gonna turn some heads…seriously, it is a good looking beast. It appears, at first glance, to be a first generation (1955-1957) Thunderbird, but is actually something built in the late 1970s/early 80s by a guy named Harry Shay. Read more about the history of the Shay T-Birds on this website, or […]
I don’t normally like the look of cars when they are painted white. Vans, trucks, and pickups look appropriate in the presence of all colors, but cars from the baddest Lamborghini to the classic ’65 Mustang just look out of place in plain white without some sort of flair…maybe a racing stripe, or some blacked […]
I hate that classic cars has become a lot like collecting stamps, where low mileage is more important that actual condition and things are only original once…but mostly the prices people want for these things. Anyway, if I’m going to get a really low mile car from the past, it’ll be something like this T-Bird […]
This next car comes from tipper Matt C who writes; You’d posted about how you can’t find anything from the muscle car era with two doors, intact sheet metal, and a big V8 at the $5000 mark. Challenge accepted! Not sure what the engine size is, but it’s probably a 390. Some of the broken interior trim […]
If the universe is indeed as infinitely large as the astrophysicists and heliocentric heretics would have us believe, then Dean Koontz was on to something when he wrote: “In an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.” Imagine for a minute that in 2002 when Ford brought out its retro-styled 78th generation Thunderbird […]