1969 Ford ThunderbirdReview
Unique In All The World. — I can't part with it. The style is so futuristic plus it's comfortable, safe and extremely powerful. I have over $10K invested in my Thunderbird and like many collectors, the investment far exceeds the value but I don't care. "Glamour Birds" as what the 67 - 71 models are know as, were built in the Lincoln factory in Wixom, MI and had very high quality control and very good materials. Ford was the unchallenged leader in the personal luxury market at the time and the 1969 Thunderbird demonstrated a challenge Ford was not going to lose. Motor Trend magazine tested the 1969 Thunderbird, Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toranado and the T=Bird won hands down. Just two model years into the Glamour Bird style, Ford didn't rest on their laurels by making cosmetic changes. The '69 Thunderbird included many changes that made it handle better (it was lower than the two previous years), had the mighty 429 4V Thunder Jet 360 hp engine and suspension tweeks.
Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)
Pros: A very comfortable, powerful car. 1969 was a good year for American cars in terms of power and safety. The '69 Thunderbird had disc brakes, crumple zones, shoulder harnesses, etc. Prices are on the rise as more collectors are turning to these cars as a "good value" in a unique styled American car. The sequential turn signals in the taillights are way cool as are the hideaway headlights. Ride is smooth and heavy.
Cons: Parts are getting more difficult to find or require a lot of Google searches....but in restoration, that's a lot of the fun. Major blind spot in roof but just requires more planning for changing lanes.
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