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Old 10-09-2012, 02:38 PM   #21
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I have to agree with Dana. I wasn't around then but it certainly seems like it woulda been sporty in the earlier years. I feel like the '58 and newer cars would've been high style for sure. Not luxury but futuristic and chic.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:25 PM   #22
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I like their interiors as well and "almost" bought a couple over the years. I kind of like them and probably wouldn't turn the right one down at the right price. I have to agree with you though in that they really are an in between type car. I know some fellas on here sure have some slick ones!!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #23
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My wife wants a T-Bird. She thinks she wants a 11th gen (2002 - 2005) but if we ever get one it will either be a 3rd or 4th gen. What I'd really like is a 61 with a 65 interior.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #24
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61-63s rule,although I also like the gen4 ,too.Almost bought a box bird about 10 years ago,but the guy suddenly thought it was worth more when I said I would take it.Car was so friggin' ugly ,it was kinda cool.Apparently,he's still trying to sell it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #25
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'61-'62 are a great looking bird but the square roof has always put me off. Ford should have built them like these....

1963 Thunderbird concept 'Italien'






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Old 10-09-2012, 06:16 PM   #26
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You know Ford toyed with making a bubble top version when they were designing the '61 models... Would have been pretty hot in there, but nice lines!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:21 PM   #27
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Here's another prototype with a landau type B pillar and a sloping back window:
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #28
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61-63 are my favorites. That 62 Starbird is sweet. Has anyone here ever built one? Certainly one of a kind.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:34 PM   #29
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Theres somthing about that name-THUNDERBIRD- reminds me of 77Sunset strip,California,convertibles, sunshine-love them all eccept the newer retro they brought out a few years ago. I think they really blew it there. I will never own one,but thats OK. Its better to admire from affar and not spoil the mistique.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #30
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T-birds trip me out.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #31
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Quote:
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That roofline is the "Fastback" Mustang of a few years later.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:06 PM   #32
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There's a '61 rotting away in a mechaic's shop about 3 miles from me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #33
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That early sixties body T-bird has grown on me alot over the last few years.The car is loaded with detail.Would have loved to have worked in the studio's back then.
Notice in this view,the belt trim is the door handle! That's killer!!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #34
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Nice Bird!.............
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #35
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Oh, Man! Ryan, have you spoken to your Attorney about this? Sounds like a garage expansion and another road trip commin' on!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:23 PM   #36
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I like the looks of the 1961-1963 bullet birds. But I am biased because I own one. I think some mild custom touches can really set these cars off. Here is mine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:24 PM   #37
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I got my drivers license on my old man's 62. It was the first T-Bird in a town of 10,000 and it attracted people when it parked. My dates loved the car - but with that big console making out was not likely. Red leather interior....
I'm painting my 62 F100 in Castilian Gold - the color of the old mans car.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:53 PM   #38
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61 Verts are my favorite Birds. The nose on the Tbirds and the Lincolns were the best in 61 IMO
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #39
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The '63 is the best among the pre-1967 T-Birds. It has the contour line from the front fender tip, all the way to where it swoops down in the middle of each door. Plus, the placement of the side trim is better thought-out. Those two features make the '63 stand out from the '61 and '62 'Birds, and make it a better-looking car.

My Dad had a '63 from 1974 through 1978. This was the first car I drove over 100 mph, the car I took my date Penny to the prom in (and saw the movie "Carrie" at the drive-in the night prior!); and the first car my Dad let me take on my first real road trip alone in, across the mountains to Denver from the Western Slope. It was white with the black textured top and red interior. That 390 really purred! Dad had a pair of Thrush Turbo mufflers under it that made the car sound so cool. Not loud, just right!

I'd love to find another in the same color combo, and it HAS to be a '63.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #40
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i like the 61-63s, but the early 'birds are still my favorites. it wasn't here when you came to visit, but we have a '55. my fave for sure. i've always wanted to get my hands on one without extensive family history so i could relieve it of the shortcomings that you so eloquently pointed out.

hot y-block, t-5, drop the front for a little rake, make it stealthy. similar to the one simard owns now.

anyway...
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