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1969 Ford ThunderbirdReview
69Landau writes:
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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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1969 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Coupe RWD Review
Tysonblair says:
Silky smooth solid construction. Surprisingly agile with upgraded gt type tires and wheels. Heavy duty Mcpherson strut front end is really good. Very comfortable interior. Excelent suspension. Full frame yet low to ground. High compression iron big block With small cam combined with 2.8 gears means good acceleration and no need for overdrive. Does not have issues with 91 octane. Came from factory with hardened valve seats. Quadrajet carbs are excelent. Good gas mileage and good power. Steering is effortless but gives good sense of control. Quiet but with deep tone. Surprisingly it is faster than Most people would think. Engine does not feel heavy due to well engineered front suspension. Great on the highway and in town. Gives the sense of quality. Styling is somewhere between pimp wagon and muscle car. Does feel like a luxury car but not a boat. Only revs to around 4600. No tachometer. Engine has a lot of potential for hotrod. Rear end is larger than a 9 inch. Very solid but will not accept nine inch parts. Overall well thought out and executed. Front end is ugly to most peoples eyes but has hideaway headlights. Creates good visability at night. Good storage in cabin. Nice gauges. decent wipers.
vs1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback RWD
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Back Seats Ranked 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback RWD worse.
"Comfort an quieter "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback RWD worse.
"Bigger trunk"
Value Ranked 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback RWD worse.
"These years are not popular due to their looks which makes them cheap. The Landau styled cars are dated but the hardtops have a more muscular look. However they drive great and from 68 on all come equipped with big block powerplant. They drive great with no need for drivetrain or suspension upgrades. Comfortable for long drives smooth quiet but healthy engine. Surprisingly gas efficient. A nice cockpit to spend time in. Underated."
Would Buy Ranked 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback RWD worse.
"Bargain big block power. higher quality, much much better driving. "
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