This is a fully restored 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible in its original beautiful shade of Arcadian Blue (Paint Code F). This is part of a 40 car collection in El Paso, TX and has been owned by our client for the past 10 years.
This T-Bird was built new in the Wixom, MI Ford plant and it spent much of its life in California and by 2000 it was acquired by Frank Armendarez who was the owner of a well regarded restoration facility near El Paso. At the time he acquired it, the T-Bird was a very nice original car with no rust or accident history. He set out to fully restore the T-Bird, including rebuilding all the systems, suspension, engine, etc. By 2004, Frank sold the T-Bird to Al Johnson and on July 23rd, 2010 our client acquired this T-Bird as part of his collection.
Though now it is now about a 15-year old restoration, this car still shows beautifully and runs very nicely. The Arcadian Blue paint (Paint Code F) has shine and luster, but is not without some minor scratches as shown in the inspection report. The scratches are from the limited use over the years, along the edges of the doors and trunk. Today the T-Bird would perform well at local and regional car shows and touring events. Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels really compliment the look of the T-Bird.
The interior has been redone in a very attractive cream vinyl with Arcadian Blue accents and dark blue carpeting and is complete with power operated front seats. The interior is in excellent condition today. The white vinyl power convertible top is also newer with the more modern electronic relays replacing the more problematic original mechanical systems. This also features power windows which all work easily and well. It also features an Arcadian Blue tonneau cover with the cream vinyl contours, giving it the sleek look of a two seater roadster. The tonneau cover easily removes in a minute.
The 390 CID four-barrel carbureted V8 produces 300 hp, which provides for a smooth and effortless driving experience. These T-Birds are wonderful to drive and are smooth and powerful. Fortunately, they are also mechanically very reliable. This T-Bird runs and drives well. It has been started every other week and has accumulated only 2,500 miles in the past 10 years.
The chassis shows that it was cleaned and painted during the restoration. It is in nice condition today for touring and general use. It is still fairly clean and in overall nice condition as per the photos included in the inspection report.
Details about the Thunderbirds condition are included in the 158-point third party inspection which is published as part of this listing. The only notable issue is a minor oil leak from one of the valve covers. This T-Bird also features an aftermarket Am/FM cassette stereo that is branded Thunderbird. The T-Bird is available for viewing with the owner in El Paso, TX.
The Hagerty Price Guide reflects a No. 3 value of $26,070 and a No. 2 value of $42,790. We believe this to be between a 2 and a 3 in condition.
For details and information, please text, call or email Daniel Folk at 1.917.890.4230 or email us at [email protected]