1960 Ford Thunderbird II "Square"SOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$60,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $63,250

300hp, 352cu. in. Interceptor Special V8 engine, four-barrel Ford Autolite carburetor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle, four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113"

Conceived in 1956, the second generation Thunderbird, affectionately known as the “Square Bird”, was officially released at first just as a hard top on January 13, 1958, with the convertible hitting showrooms just six months later. One foot, four inches longer, over 1000 pounds heavier and with two more seats than the previous year’s Thunderbird, Ford took a risk by removing much of the sport from their gentleman’s sports car. However, after three years of competing with the Corvette for sales, Ford was confident that there were many more Americans interested in buying a sporty looking luxury car than there were Americans interested in buying a real sports car.

Ford was correct in its forecasts and when the surprise recession of 1958 hit, even pure sports car enthusiasts were beginning to see merit in a practical sports car. The motoring press felt the same way and in 1958 the all-new Thunderbird won the coveted Motor Trend “Car of the Year” award.

The 1960 version was much the same in styling as the years before but had a new grille, new triple taillight clusters, and small trim changes. A 352 cubic inch V8 was standard. With good looks, great driving practicality and a very active enthusiast club, Square Birds are highly sought after today.

The 1960 Ford Thunderbird presented here in red with a tan leather interior was ushered into the McMullen Collection upon completion of a meticulous restoration. Wanting something unique, the previous owner modified several aspects of the car during restoration. Subtle, these deviations from factory original configuration include extensive use of gold plating. Not only were emblems and script refinished in gold, but so were the hood latches, strikers, fuel lines, vacuum lines and much of the hardware under the car, including nuts, bolts, washers and even the exhaust clamps. The interior of the car, much like the exterior, was thoroughly renewed with the tasteful use of gold plating and other subtle changes.

Equipped with power steering, power windows, air conditioning, factory AM radio, fender skirts and wide whitewall tires mounted on reproduction Kelsey Hayes chrome wire wheels, the Thunderbird is a well optioned example. In outstanding overall condition, this Square Bird, with its mild customization, is truly something special. It will stand out at any Thunderbird gathering where its spectacular presence will win over any sticklers for authenticity.

Reference Number 8687

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1960 Ford Thunderbird II "Square"
VIN 0Y73Y122221 
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