West Coast Classics presents an exceptional and highly desirable example of the third generation of Thunderbird coupes, a mostly all original example of this southern California 1962 Ford Thunderbird 2 door Hardtop with a 390 c.i. 300HP 4BBL V8 engine matched to it's original 'Cruise-O-Matic' transmission in completely rust free condition in it's original factory 'Sandshell Tan' color paint with it's original matching 'Light Pearl Beige' interior and with factory options including bucket seats with front console, power steering, power brakes, power windows, original AM radio, heater & defroster, full instrumentation, sequential turn signals & rear skirts!
The Thunderbird was redesigned in 1961 with sleeker styling from its previous 'Squarebird' design that gave the bird a renown 'bullet-lie' appearance with an all new bodyshell featuring a severely pointed front end and the car enjoyed a smoother ride with much improved handling and soundproofing. The interior design featured a contoured dash that curved at its outward ends to blend in with the door panels and the model boasted the first 'Swing-away' steering wheel. A new engine, the 390 c.i. 6.4L V8 was standard and mated to a three speed automatic transmission. A vinyl roofed Landau option with simulated S bars was added to the line up in 1962 as was the legendary Sports Roadster for convertible models. The Sports Roadster had a special fiberglass tonneau cover for the rear seats which gave the car the appearance of being a two seater roadster like the original Thunderbirds from 1955-57. Newly optioned for '62 was an upgraded version of the 390 c.i. V8 named the 'M' code after the designated M used as the engine code in the VIN number of the very few and rare cars equipped with this upgrade. The 'M code version of the 390 c.i. V8 was equipped with no less than three 2 barrel Holley carburetors and produced 340HP. These 'M' code V8 Thunderbirds are exceptionally rare with some reports showing only some 200 in total being built during its production years of 1962-3 and obviously very few are left remaining on the roads today!
This particular car boasts it's original 'Sandshell Tan' factory color paint with its 'Light Pearl Beige' vinyl bucket seats interior still in mostly completely original condition throughout. The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust-free - obviously a mostly always garaged and cherished southern California car since new. The original spare wheel with it's jack is in the trunk.
The 390/300HP V8 engine is extremely strong and powerful and this particular car drives extremely well and must be driven to be fully appreciated. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of an obviously always garaged coveted original southern California rust free 1962 Ford Thunderbird 2 door Hardtop in very fine condition throughout and an outstanding example of one of the outstanding Ford designs of the sixties which has high repute for both it's beautiful lines and smooth fast performance for a luxury coupe.
In summary, this is one great daily driver example of an obviously always garaged and rust free example of this increasingly desirable and collectable 1962 Ford Thunderbird 2 door Hardtop!