1923 Ford Thunderbird III "Bullit"SOLD

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You know how they say trends come back around with time? Witness teenage girls in neon clothes, the Lava Lamp and even the pet rock. Now look at this car: it's pure 70's kitsch on wheels, complete with oak trim and a chrome chain link steering wheel! How can this car not make you smile? Of course it's some shade of burgundy, and the hand-laid pinstripes have to be gold-you either went subtle like this or over-the-top with bass boat metal flake and psychedelic colors. The too-tall windshield is period correct, actually protects you from bugs on the road, and necessitates those long support bars. The body is fiberglass, and we'd talk about body lines and gaps, but other than the upholstered trunk there are no panels or gaps! Two chrome headlights flank the brass Parthenon radiator. For a bit of whimsy, there's a skull-shaped radiator mascot up top while temps are easy to check with the moto-meter on the filler neck. Dual mirrors and dual inlaid oak planks on the sides of the bed tie up the symmetry. Modern LED taillights replace the originals for a then-to-now modern flair. Inside, you're treated to the diamond tuck upholstery stitched in classic buckskin. There's a set of Stewart Warner gauges in the oak dash and a Sunpro tach on the column. Vintage (like from the 1930's) turn signals are up front while seat belts for both passengers are in place. Chrome "foot" pedals brighten the black carpeting, another skull tops the floor shifter, but the chrome chain steering wheel is definitely the star of the show! Walk up to the engine (no hood to pop here) and check out the powerplant of choice in the '70's-the Chevy 327. It's a .030 over mill, topped with a big Weiand intake and an insane 4" carb spacer. Tack on the chrome scoop air cleaner and you've got an engine tall enough to ride roller coasters! Some polished aluminum pieces, like the pulleys and valve covers, are updates, while the super long headers and side pipes are clearly originals. A new Holley 600cfm carb and a Davis DUI distributor allow a level of tune that wasn't possible in the 70's, and the chrome alternator means no charging system issues lurk in the dark. The chassis is old school all the way. Up front is a dropped axle, chrome parallel bars and finned Buick drums. Out back ladder bars and chrome coil-over shocks support the 50's 8.2 inch GM rear with 3.73 gears. The frame, front axle and rear are painted the same color as the body while the center section is painted with the same metalflake as the engine. A classic Powerglide wedges between the motor and rear. The wheels and tires are the same ones bolted on in the 70's-Centerlines wrapped in BFGoodrich T/A's, skinny 165/80-15's up front and streetable 265/60-15's out back. Old car guys smile a sly smile, young guys whip out their cell phones and take pics, and the teenage girls in neon, well, they still don't get it. That's OK-this vintage ride is one of the ultimate open air experiences. Call for your piece of history today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.

Reference Number 203951

as of 11/29/2012

Car 1923 Ford Thunderbird III "Bullit"
VIN TEX104898 
Mileage 3,390 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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