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Lot 120: Ford(USA) Thunderbird Convertible

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

In 1964 Ford restyled the Thunderbird for the fourth generation of cars, giving it a very slightly squared-off appearance. The backbone of the range was the 390 V8, rated at 300bhp, and only an automatic transmission was offered. Hardtop, Landau and convertible body styles were offered, with the famous power-topped convertible being the 'must-have' model. 1965 also saw the introduction of disc brakes which, like everything else on the car, were power-assisted; even the steering wheel automatically moved to the side to let owners with a typically 'American' build gain access more easily. Bought new in 1965 by the vendor's father, this stunning and highly original 1965 T-Bird is almost certainly unrepeatable in the marketplace anywhere in the world. The original invoice supplied with the car records the purchase price on the 4th March 1965 as being 3520-18s-4d from Simpsons Motors of Wembley and that included a full tank of fuel at just over 4!! During his ownership, the vendor's father covered just over 53,000 miles before laying the car up in the 1990s due to his old age. The vendor has however recently embarked on the recommissioning of his late father's car, which by August 2009 was complete at a cost of over 5,000. All the work was carried out to a very high standard by Ford Main Dealers EMG. Bills on file with the car show that the recommissioning included the removal of the cylinder heads, which were suitably refurbished, repairs to the electric windows, a new exhaust system, replacement rear springs, 2 new tyres and battery amongst a host of other small works. Although a very high specification car, extras were added to this Thunderbird when it was new, including a Philips 45rpm record player which still nestles between the front seats, a Redex injection system and a dash-mounted St. Christopher. Still finished in its original coat of white, with its original red powered roof and red interior, the car can best be described as a truly incredible 'time-warp' example. Starting readily on our recent inspection, the 390 cubic inch V8 sounded glorious and idled happily. Paperwork included with this stunning example includes amongst other items, the original bill of sale, the green log book, a quantity of old MOTs and tax discs, the original manual and handbook and a quantity of bills for the recent work undertaken. A Broquet fuel catalyst has been fitted to allow the use of modern fuel and the car is MOT tested to April 15th 2013. Coming from the same family that bought the car new and in exceptionally original condition with a continuous history, the opportunity to buy cars of this calibre only comes once in a lifetime.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number120
Estimate£17000-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£12250
Year1965
Condition rating
Registration number145 FWB
Mileage-
Chassis number5Y852122485
Engine number852122485
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2