215: 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
345 bhp, 428-cu. in. "Q"-Code V8 engine, four-barrel Holley carburetor, Dual-Range C-6 automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 113.2"
- One of just 700 original 428 V8-powered cars
- Highly equipped
- Well-known by enthusiasts, correctly restored
- One of about 75 428 V8 and A/C-equipped convertibles
Following the 1961-1963 "Bullet Bird," 1964 saw the introduction of yet another Thunderbird and, yes, yet another nickname – "Flair Bird" or "Jet Bird." Maintaining the same basic structure and dimensions as before, exterior styling was completely revised with a lengthened hood and a shortened formal roofline.
Some innovations intended for the new Thunderbird line were delayed, only reaching production in 1965. Front disc brakes were not standard until 1965, and the sequential rear turn signals were delayed due to approval delays in certain states. As always, the Thunderbird offered a number of engine choices, providing several performance levels.
The 1966 Thunderbird Convertible offered here is one of 700 that were factory-fitted with the top "Q"-Code, 428-cubic inch "Thunderbird Special" V8 engine. Providing a 345-horsepower punch, the option was priced at just $64. Remarkably, this car is also believed to be one of only about 75 1966 Thunderbird Convertibles equipped with the 428 V8 and factory air conditioning.
Strikingly finished in Signal Flare Red with a white leather interior, this Thunderbird is fully equipped with power options covering the seats, convertible top, vent windows and windows, along with a rare factory-installed StereoSonic music system with an 8-Track player. With just three owners from new, it is well known in Thunderbird Club circles, with a correct, ground-up restoration and its first engine rebuild, which was completed within the past two years.
Offered complete with a recent and comprehensive detailing, this final-year "Jet Bird" is also fitted with a set of deluxe red-center "mag-style" wheel covers. In outstanding condition and representing the first year of availability of the legendary 428 V8, this highly equipped Thunderbird Convertible is a superb example of "America's Personal Luxury Car.