The iconic look of a ’50 Ford street machine meets modern comforts like fuel injection and air conditioning. That’s what makes this 1996 Ford Thunderbird so appealing even beyond its affordable price.
This is a terrific way to get some attention and have fun, and yet, never giving up creature comforts. The unique fiberglass hood, quarter panels, and trunk transform this late-model coupe into a classic ’50s Ford. And what’s really great is that this custom T-bird was done to look like a true custom street machine. The smooth front end, half-moon headlights, dual spotlights, faux lake pipes, frenched license plate, and wraparound ribbed bumpers make a striking hot rod impression. And the GM-style chrome grille is a page borrowed from the lead sleds. Add in a set of bright 17-inch alloys, and you have a truly impressive package.
Inside it’s great to have a more modern T-bird. After all, these are Ford’s personal luxury machines. So up front there are two plush cloth bucket seats that offer all-day comfort. There’s also enough legroom in the back to keep family and friends happy, too. This is a great driver-focused machine with pieces that wraparound you, like the tilt steering column, cruise control, armrest center console, cup holders, factory AM/FM/cassette stereo, and controls for the cold-blowing R134a air conditioning. Plus, there are more great features, like power windows, power locks, dual airbags, and anti-lock brakes.
Under the vintage-style hood are more great modern features. Ford’s 3.8-liter V6 is a long-standing powerhouse. It features an overhead valve design and fuel injection to make it both useful and powerful. This is truly a grand touring machine thanks to features like power steering and a four-speed automatic transmission with highway-friendly overdrive. But you’ll also enjoy this one when the roads get twisty thanks to the fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes.
Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States
See listing: 1996 Ford Thunderbird, Classic Vintage Collector Custom (from April 20, 2020)