BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED, 390 CI, LOADED WITH A/C, PW, FRONT DISC, PB, PS, TILT!
If you like the look of the mid-60s Thunderbirds, this '65 model is probably the one you want. With disc brakes becoming standard equipment, along with the famous sequential taillights, it gets extra points for both style and substance. Add in a handsome color combination, lots of options, and impeccable road manners and it's a great hobby car that's a pleasure to drive.
It's hard to make out the color code on the original door tag, but this one sure looks like a ringer for Pastel Yellow, a relatively popular color in 1965 that you don't see all that often today. The T-Bird was restyled for 1964, so changes for '65 were purely detail-oriented, and it retained its upscale look. With a restoration that was finished a few years ago, this gorgeous 'Bird still looks awesome, offering a great shine, the right amount of gloss, and the light color really seems to bring out the details in the sheetmetal. Take a moment to note how the character line that starts at the grille, wraps around the headlights, then streaks back to the quarter panel where it takes on a bit of a fin look is mirrored by a similar line along the rocker panel. Cool, right? Fender skirts help with the illusion and good gaps all around help with the luxurious look. There's still plenty of chrome, with a fine mesh grille that merges seamlessly into the bumpers, and out back those sequential taillights are framed with the chrome bumper for a very clean look.
Personal luxury really meant something in 1965, as the tasteful bucket seat interior offers plenty of eye candy for both driver and passengers. The tan seats are in good shape, mirroring the Pastel Yellow bodywork and showing wonderful contrast with the darker tan areas of the interior. A center console was standard equipment, and it includes controls for the power windows and A/C system, as well as a slickly styled armrest. The gauges are outrageously different, with a ribbon-style speedometer across the top and four individual round pods like eyeballs for the secondary gauges. There is, of course, a swing-away steering wheel which was standard equipment, and aircraft-like controls for the heater, defroster, and windshield wipers. An AM/FM radio is a later unit but slots neatly into the original location so no Thunderbird consoles were harmed in the construction of this car. The trunk is, of course, massive and includes a fresh mat set (there are like a dozen pieces) plus a full-sized spare and jack assembly.
The 390 cubic inch V8 was rebuilt to stock specs and provides the kind of big block torque you need for a heavy cruiser like this. Nicely detailed with Ford Blue paint on the block and a gold air cleaner, it looks every bit as good as it runs. There's new equipment throughout the engine bay, and it's quite correct, right down to the cast iron exhaust manifolds feeding a nice, mellow dual exhaust system. Underneath, you'll find a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission and heavy-duty 9-inch rear end with 3.00 gears inside. The steel wheels were color-matched to the body, then fitted with stock hubcaps and 225/70/15 whitewall radials at all four corners.
Thunderbirds have always represented style, but this one also represents value with its full-sized luxury ride and quality restoration. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
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