1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible By the time the fourth-generation Ford Thunderbird appeared in 1964, the Thunderbird design studio had a firm grasp of what their customers liked and didn\'t like. Since the banana-nose design of the Bullet Birds hadn\'t gone over well, Bill Boyer and his team revisited some earlier styling themes for its 1964 successor. The Bullet Bird\'s unloved recessed headlights, tail fins, and dog-dish taillights all got the ax. In house for consignment, is this 4th generation T bird from Ford known as the flair bird. It\'s all grown up and has found its niche and from past sales Ford knew now what customers wanted. This car was treated to a very much welcome color change over a mostly rust free body with a beautifully designed interior dripping of mid century modern. A 300hp 390ci V8, a good runner, and survivor in many ways. Some overall dirt, smudges and a few scratches and dings, but it\'s all there, comes with a multitude of manuals and repair receipts, so just turn the key and enjoy this classic drop top car. Exterior A color change to Phoenician Yellow, from the original Sunlit Yellow, drapes the steel panels throughout. Dual headlights reside within their own coves framed by the hood and lower bumper. It takes on an almost mad look with the lines of the hood like scowling eyebrows. The grille and bumper setup has a few areas of surface rust and staining on it, but remains shiny. In lieu of any side trimmings this car has machined skeg lines extending through the doors into the rear fenders. These are like mini awnings for the door handles and fender skirts on the rear quarters. Panels are straight and have nicely managed gaps throughout but do show some areas of prior body repair and the starting of rust bubbles on the lower doors as well as some chipping on the rockers. A scooped hood, and chrome trimmings for the glass on the greenhouse are highlighted up top by a tear free black canvas convertible top with a slightly clouded rear window. Watching the top disappear into the trunk is akin to enjoying a ballet, with each step timed perfectly. This is definitely a left over styling design taking from the retractable Ford\'s of the late 50\'s. Bringing up the rear just below the thin designed rear quarters and trunk lid, is the rear bumper with dual horizontal rectangles housing tail lights with more bird badges in the centers of the taillights. Standard T bird wheel covers available for the day with faux knockoff hubs are wrapped in thin white wall tires all around. Interior Inside affords a look into the future, (from 1964 eyes), with sleek lines and well thought usage of ribbed vinyl, solid smooth panels, and a mix of plenty of shiny polished aluminum panels for the doors. This car has the unique swing-away moveable steering wheel. The dual bomber styled buckets for the front seats are covered in black vinyl and have chrome trimmings, which like the passenger chair, is a low back stylized bomber bucket with tuck and roll and smooth black vinyl centers running through them and stitched in winged badges. Nice chrome trimmings hold the buckets firmly in place. Turning to the dash, all the modern stops were pulled out for this instrument cluster which includes a rolling line speedometer indicator, (pointers are so pedestrian!), and 4 round eyeball gauges in deep round bezels stretching across the bottom of the speedo. The original steering wheel, looking all good, fronts the dash, and has the shifter on the tree for the automatic transmission. A curved line stretches from door to door, and melts into a center console with plenty more polished and brushed aluminum throughout. This part houses a modern AM/FM/Cassette radio, AC and heater controls, and the power window toggles. Also, a large glove box is between the buckets within a futuristic styled center console. In back a wonderful wrap-around rear seat in black tuck and roll vinyl and nearly perfect condition has
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