1963 Thunderbird Convertible
Price: - Item location: Augusta, New Jersey, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Thunderbird
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Base Convertible 2-Door
- Year: 1963
- Mileage: 84331
- VIN: 3Y85Z159764
- Color: White
- Engine size: 6.4L 6391CC 390Cu. In. V8 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: automatic
- Interior color: Black
- Options: Convertible
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
19630000 Ford ThunderbirdPartial restoration. Engine and engine bay repainted and engine was cleaned and given a tune up. New Edelbrock carb. Numbers matching engine. I have all the original paperwork (Bill of Sale, uild sheet and others) Located in New Jersey. NO JOY RIDES or tire kickers. All sales are finalsold as is nowarranty. Buyer is responsible for shippingIf you would like to see the car in person please message me and we can set up a day and time. Also for any other questions you can call my cell 973-557-1690 (Steffen)
After a successful three year run as a two-seat sports car, hunderbird enthusiasts were stunned when Ford’s Motor Company announced that for the 1958 model year, he T-Bird would become a four-passenger vehicle. As a result of that decision Thunderbird sales rose to nearly 39,000 while its competitor, orvette, anguished, elling just over 9,000 units. The “Square Bird”, ent on to sell nearly 200,000 units during its three year run.
In 1961,Thunderbird jumped on the jet age bandwagon with a completely new look. Ford still had the personal four-seat sports car market all to itself. But by 1962, thers manufacturers began to join in, articularly General Motors with Bill Mitchell’s beautifully styled Pontiac Grand Prix followed by the magnificent Buick Riviera in 1963.
To combat the competition, ord set out to keep customers buying T-Birds. Then company vice president and future Ford golden boy, ee Iacocca announced “The Thunderbird is the most changed car we are offering for 1963”, n interesting statement considering that at least visually, ew changes could be seen. The grille was revised to look more elegant and the tail lamps had a “jet like” appearance. Fake louver scripts were redesigned and moved from the quarter panels to the doors. Perhaps the most obvious change was a stylish horizontal feature line that ran from the leading edge of the front fender to mid-door before angling downward. While not excessive, he small changes were enough to make it recognizable as a 1963.
So what were the other changes Iacocca was alluding to? Most were unseen and designed to improve quality and ownership experience. To quiet Thunderbird’s ride, ore than 150 pounds of sound deadener was added throughout. Nearly 80 pounds of reinforcement was added to the structure for increased rigidity and a more solid feel. An alternator replaced the generator for additional charging capacity. Eighteen inch variable speed windshield wipers were hydraulically powered using pressure from the power steering pump. New windshield moldings reduced wind noise. Exhaust pipes and stainless steel mufflers reduced noise and increased the systems lifespan.
T-Bird buyers had a choice of four models, two-door hardtop, onvertible, andau and Sports Roadster. Interiors were updated with a passenger side grab bar and door mounted courtesy lamps. An AM radio was now standard equipment as was a driver side remote mirror. Bright trim was added to the gas and brake pedal. The upscale Landau model, irst available in 1962, as freshened up with a walnut-grained instrument panel, oor pads and matching steering wheel. Mid-year, limited edition “Principality of Monaco” Landau was released. Available only with a white exterior and interior this limited production model carried a special brass nameplate with the vehicle’s serial number. Production was capped at 2,000 units.
Arguably, ne of the best looking entries for 1963 was the Sports Roadster. A removable fiberglass tonneau cover completely altered T-bird’s appearance by turning the four-seater into a stylish two-seat roadster. The tonneau cover rose above the beltline just behind the front seat back and provided integral headrests for both the driver and passenger. All Sports Roadsters included special front fender emblems and Kelsey Hayes wire wheels.
Powering the Thunderbird was Ford’s reliable 390 cubic-inch V8. The base engine was rated at 300 horsepower via a four-barrel carburetor and 9.6:1 compression ratio. While the engine would push a Galaxy along fairly well, he same wasn’t true when hauling around a Thunderbird, specially with the added 150 pounds of noise insulation. Those wanting performance to match T-birds styling could opt for the 340 horsepower “M” code version. The extra power was courtesy of an increase in compression to 10.5:1, hree two-barrel carburetors and dual exhausts. While the optional engine helped performance to an extent, he 3.00:1 axle ratio limited its true capability.
By the end of the model year, 3,313 Thunderbirds were produced, nd of the total, 55 were Sports Roadsters. During its three year design run, he 1961-1963 Thunderbird racked up sales of nearly 215,000 units.
Fuel For Thought
AM/FM radio and cruise control offered for the first time
Hood release moved from under dash to the hood
M.S.R.P. increased $10 for each model
Sales totaled 405,000 since Thunderbird’s introduction as a 1955 model
Optional “M” code V8 cancelled mid-year with only 37 produced
Number built– 63,313
Engine– 390 cubic-inch V8
Power/Torque– 300 horsepower/427 lb.-ft. torque, 40 horsepower/430 lb.-ft. torque
Transmission–- three-speed automatic
SuspensionFront – independent, ith coil springs, nequal upper/lower control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension– semi-elliptical leaf
Steering– recirculating ball and nut
Brakes– 11-inch front and rear drum
Length/width/height– 205/76.5/52.5 inches
Wheelbase– 113 inches
Weight– 4,842 lbs.
0-60mph/quarter mile– 11.2 seconds, 9.2 seconds at 78 mph (Motor Trend, eptember 1962.
Top speed– 107 mph (Motor Trend, eptember 1962)
MPG– 8-13 mpg