BEAUTIFUL CLASSIC DROP TOP! 390 V8, AUTO, COLD FACTORY A/C, CORRECT COLORS, WOW!
Here at Streetside Classics, we have long admired the 1961-63 "Bullet Birds" for their unique and elegant styling and awesome road manners. This particular 1963 Ford Thunderbird convertible delivers an awesome look with a timeless color combination, as well as fantastic performance befitting a top-of-the-line ragtop. At this price, be sure to read this description and call us quickly, because this Bullet Bird is sure to fly out of our inventory in no time.
Quite honestly, you'll feel like a movie star whenever you drive this car. People will wave, honk their horns, and come up just to talk to you about it. The Bullet Birds are like that. The 1963s stand out for their highly sculpted sides, including the ornaments on the doors, which give them a bit more interest than the smooth-sided 61-62 models. With handsome Corinthian White paint, this one will also stand out in a sea of red and black 'Birds in a good way, because this is a color that's very much back in fashion today. It's a very clean paint job that's been enjoyed properly, so it shines up nicely with only very minor signs of use. However, that shouldn't get you down, because none of them are really visible unless you get super close, and you'll be having too much fun from behind the wheel to really sweat them anyway. You will note that this one is wearing its fender skirts, which take the already upscale feel a notch higher, and the Kelsey-Hayes style chrome wire wheels are a great choice on this big bird as well. Chrome is plentiful, bountiful and in very good shape (there's nothing cooler than the chrome trim on the top crease of these cars), and the highly-desirable fiberglass tonneau cover immediately transforms this Bullet Bird into a roadster. And should the weather ever turn, a blue cloth convertible top is in great shape and the power actuators work perfectly.
The two-tone blue interior is in great order, too, wearing correct seat covers that are in nice shape with no splits or tears and they're still quite comfortable for long highway cruises. The wraparound cockpit is beautifully designed, and important details like the anodized aluminum trim that sweeps down onto the center console is in excellent shape as well. The gauges are bright and crisp in their individual round pods and the liberal helpings of chrome used throughout makes it look upscale and sophisticated. Other features include power windows, a tilt-away steering column, power convertible top, cold factory A/C, and the original AM radio (which, sadly, doesn't work). Thunderbird-logo floor mats look right and the back seat has a nice two-seater look with the tonneau cover installed. And yes, the insanely complex power top is fully operational and is in great condition overall.
The only engine you could get in your 1963 Thunderbird was a 390 cubic inch V8, but it's plenty for the low-slung ragtop. With 300 horsepower on tap and seemingly limitless torque, it moves the Thunderbird with the kind of ease that you'd expect. Not fast, but not slow, just perfect for a car that commands respect on the road. The engine bay is nicely detailed with a lot of authentic features, including the big gold air cleaner and gold valve covers that dress the place up a bit. It's quite clean and the big V8 presents nicely without any issues to speak of, and it fires right up and floats down the road just like it should. Power steering and brakes are mandatory on a car this size, and the Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission shifts cleanly (remember to use the green dot shifter position for best performance!). The underside is quite clean, showing the results of years of easy living in a warm climate. There's a smooth-sounding exhaust underneath that provides a period-correct rumble, and with 3.00 gears out back, this is a fantastic highway cruiser. Those aforementioned wire wheels give it the Sport Roadster look without the price tag and carry 14-inch Firestone whitewall radials that finish the correct look.
We like these cars a lot. Of all the Thunderbirds, the Bullet Birds seem to be the only ones that are still appreciating with no clear ceiling in sight, making this a car that you can enjoy by knowing it's a smart buy. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- Air Conditioning
- Power Convertible Top
- AM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Corinthian White
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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