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Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster Convertible, for sale in San Juan Capistrano, California, price on application.
Rare 1964 Thunderbird with desirable Sport Roadster option. The Jet Bird design for those that want the ability to choose a sleek two-seat configuration, or remove the tonneau to use the rear seat.
1964 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
In the early Sixties, the Thunderbird was continuing to be popular, especially the Jet Bird Series. Ford wanted to preserve the sales of that series, but was evolving the design. By this year, Ford was beginning to square off the rear end, and the double bumpers on the front were subtle but still defining the width based upon the horizontal grille and wide spaced Thunderbird letters across the hood. It was apparent that the Thunderbird name was marketable, as there were distinctive script and block letters on the front fenders, rear taillight panel, and in the interior, as well as multiple placements of the now-iconic profile of the actual Thunderbird in logo form.
Now the Jet Bird was finessed with the best of the equipment, with vacuum-controlled power steering, windows, door locks, A/C controls, and power 4-wheel drum brakes. The well-named Tilt-Away Steering Column is a great feature for ease of driver entry or exit from the jet inspired cockpit. This particular vehicle even has the rare transistorized ignition option. The jet theme was an inspiration for the low - profile hood scoop and rear end treatment.
Unique to this vehicle is the Sports Roadster feature. A rigid fiberglass tonneau bridges over the rear seats and swoops up to follow the form of the headrests on the Slimline front bucket seats to give the appearance of a very sporty large two-seater. Size did mater in this era, as the big ‘Bird has a 112 inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 205 inches. The entire profile of this vehicle does not give away its dimensions when draped in polished back paint. The black/back combination was sought after by the prior owner and is stunning when viewed in person. Also assisting in the sporting appearance is the absence of fender skirts, per the Sport Roadster option. While the VIN of 1964 models will not indicate the convertibles equipped with the Sports Roadster option, only 50 were built in early 1964 production, with the possibility of a few more that may have been dealer installed. This one has wheels that have been to later model Appliance rims with chrome wires.
With a stout factory 390 cubic inch engine and Cruise-O-Matic transmission, this jet black Thunderbird is ready to jet away or cruise to any event.