Description

Sold | $34,720 USD

  • Final year for the striking “Squarebird” design
  • Finished in its original color scheme of Moroccan Ivory over a black and white interior
  • Handsome presentation throughout
  • Luxuriously equipped, including power windows, steering and brakes, and convertible top
  • An ideal Miami boulevard cruiser


While the original two-passenger Thunderbird quickly became an icon of American life, the ever-practical Ford chairman Robert McNamara saw a different future. For the Thunderbird’s second generation, it became a four-passenger car, with a body design that was impressively wide, low, and sleek, and much in character with the rest of its manufacturer’s 1958 offerings. Now a true “personal luxury” automobile, it nonetheless packed a sporty interior, with standard front bucket seats and center console, as well as plenty of power from a big V-8 under the hood. The decision to discontinue the two-passenger Thunderbird was controversial but McNamara’s aim was right on target. Buyers responded to the new design in droves and made the “Squarebird,” as it was affectionately known, a tremendous sales success.

One of 11,680 convertibles built in the final year of this design, the 1960 model shown here was delivered finished in the wonderfully subtle shade of Moroccan Ivory with black and white interior upholstery. It is equipped with the 300-horsepower, 352-cubic-inch V-8, Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power steering and brakes, power windows, Magic Aire heater/defroster, push-button radio, and chrome wire wheels shod in whitewall tires, as well as, of course, the standard power top that retracts beneath the reverse-hinged rear deck lid.

Formerly a resident of British Columbia for some years, as evidenced by charming ownership decals still on the windshield, the car is an older cosmetic restoration displaying an attractive patina throughout. In its colors and trim it fairly radiates Florida fine style, and would be a wonderful, comfortable cruiser for South Florida boulevards, adding to the 531 miles recorded on the odometer, likely since restoration.

The “Squarebird” has become more sought-after by enthusiasts in recent years, for its excellent combination of solid engineering, bold midcentury American flair, and comfortable interior appointments. This example offers a new owner a chance to experience its pleasures for themselves in the coming summer months.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mi24.

Vehicle details

Vehicle data

Make
Ford
Model name
Thunderbird
Manufacturer code
Serie 2
First registration date
Not provided
Year of manufacture
1960
Mileage (read)
1 km
Chassis number
Not provided
Engine number
Not provided
Gearbox number
Not provided
Matching numbers
No
Previous owners
Not provided

Technical details

Body style
Convertible
Power (kW/hp)
221/300
Cubic capacity (ccm)
5768
Cylinders
8
Doors
2
Steering
Not specified
Gearbox
Automatic
Gears
Not provided
Transmission
Rear
Front brakes
Not provided
Rear brakes
Not provided
Fuel type
Petrol

Individual configuration

Exterior color
Others
Manufacturer color name
-
Interior color
Others
Interior material
Others

Condition, registration & documentation

Has Report
Registered
Ready to drive

Location

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