The Square Bird Is Hip: 1960 Ford Thunderbird
The second generation Ford Thunderbird (1958-1960) is a cool car. It was the first Thunderbird to get a rear seat — because Ford execs (a young Robert McNamara among them) felt it needed the extra passenger space and that it could still compete with Chevy’s Corvette. Welp…history has decided that they were wrong, because the Thunderbird was slowly boated into oblivion while the Corvette is a desirable classic and a new car showroom stunner to this day…but Ford sold 9 T-Birds for every 1 Corvette sold in the 1960 model year alone. With 200k T-Birds sold from 1958-1960 (versus 30k Vettes) you can figure the supply/demand thing out and you’ll find that the T-Bird is way cheaper on the open market today. Find this 1960 Ford Thunderbird offered for $7000 in Silsbee, TX via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
From the seller:
1960 ford thunderbird coupe
cylinders: 8 cylinders
odometer rolled over
paint color: white
title status: clean
1960 Thunderbird original exterior white paint and black and white interior, redone the front floor pans, changed the drum brakes to disc brakes, new dual exhaust from manifold back. It does have some rust on the rock panels. The speed odometer shows 119,320 but the 352 engine has been rebuilt with only 400 miles on it.
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What didnâ€™t turn to poop when McNamara touched it?
Vietnam was certainly his crowning achievement but dont be so hard on the squarebird. I had one in college around 1974…..paid $250.00 and it was like a two year old car. That and my ’65 Caddie and ’63 Lincoln were the high points of my collegiate vehicle pursuits.well there was a ’52 MGYB stuck in the middle somewhere. This one looks little more beat than a seven grand ( wow) ’60 TBird though.
McNamara is McNamara. Hmm. How did I not have that connected up?
His Wikipedia bio is interesting reading.
Invented the personal luxury coupe so maybe as lasting an impression as the vette?