Are you looking for that unmolested, ultra low 43000 mile survivor 1979 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop? This is it... This Thunderbird has had one local owner since new and used sparingly throughout it's 35+ year old life. It was born on April of 1979 and spent most of it's life garaged.
This survivor is original down to what we believe to be a numbers matching engine and other stock components. Also note the phenomenal original paint, interior, body panels and other components down to the AM FM radio. Below is a video collection of the car:
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This vehicle has been incredibly well maintained and appears to be all or nearly all original. The paint appears to be all or mostly original aside from probably a few small touch ups. The paint is shiny but could stand to be buffed due to age. All accessories we tested work including the A/C but it could stand to be recharged from age.
There are a few small stone chips and very few spots of surface corrosion in the wheel lips. They do not detract from the overall condition and are hard to see from 5 feet away. Please review the photos for a better gauge of overall physical condition.
The interior is as close to immaculate as you will find. NOS Ford mats would be perfect to top it off and they do show up on eBay from time to time. The glass is perfect, the spare doesn't look like it has been down, and even the trunk mat is beautiful.
The engine is a 302 CI V8 with an automatic. It runs and drives well, but the brakes and other mechanicals should be checked over, again from age. The tires are Firestone 721 and are old. They should be replaced before the car is driven any distance.
The headlights work as they should and all or nearly all of the exterior lights and interior courtesy lights work. The gauges work as well. The transmission shifts as it should, and the brakes work. We would suggest minimally a front end check, shocks, radiator flush and fill, as well as fuel filter, spark plugs, tune up, etc before use just from age and storage.
To summarize, it is our opinion that this low mile phenomenal survivor would be a very nice addition to anyone's collection. It would make a great project for the Ford or Thunderbird enthusiast, Ford car dealership or a museum. Additional auction information:
This vehicle is sold as-is. We cannot warranty any parts on any used vehicle. Also note there are small marks from use and age as shown in the photos. Any of these should be trailered to their destination until the vehicle is insured and checked over for safety (tires, etc).
The title is free and clear. As with all vintage vehicles, we are also requiring a bill of sale be signed by the new owner stating this vehicle is being purchased as-is.
Please call our store at (414) 727-0600 for additional information on this vehicle. Best of all, we are selling this beauty with NO RESERVE, but do reserve the right to end the auction early as it is for sale locally.
Auction Terms and Conditions:
This vehicle is sold strictly as-is-as shown without any set aside for problems or issues. We welcome and encourage inspection of all vehicles prior to bidding because opinions may vary. All listings are described as accurately as possible. If you plan to have a vehicle inspection, please make sure you inspect the vehicle prior to bidding. Buyer is responsible for any inspection charges and fees.
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The successful high bidder needs to contact us within 48 hours of auction end with a $500 PayPal deposit unless we are contacted in advance and submit payment by means of cashier’s check (verifiable), bank wire transfer or cash within 7 days of auction end. We do not accept checks or payments other than those outlined. Personal or non-bank issued business checks will be rejected.
Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, and any applicable title service fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.
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The terms of sale shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin without regard to any conflict of laws or provisions thereof that might indicate the applicability of laws of any other jurisdiction. The venue for all legal proceedings shall be in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
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