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Twenty years ago, this car was purchased as a concours-ready and "correct" restoration. From that time on, it had one owner who regularly drove it as a summer toy until his death two years ago. Since then, the car has been stored in a heated garage. The pictures are "as removed" from two years of storage. I'll do my best to describe the car, but I'm NOT a Thunderbird purist or authority. I've worked on the car from time to time, and been familiar with it's use and treatment due to the fact that the deceased owner was a customer, friend, and my next-door neighbor I do not own the car, I'm simply brokering it for the gentleman's estate.
The numbers and trim codes on the data tag under the hood correctly indicate the interior and exterior colors. It has the original 312 engine and automatic transmission, and it starts, runs, and drives first rate. Upon driving it....I was surprised how well it did drive.....I can only imagine what it would be like if you deep-sixed the "correct" bias-ply tires for a set of radials. The deceased owner drove it EVERYWHERE.....and after getting it out and running it around, I see nothing it needs to take off for parts unknown with other than a service and an oil change.
The body is 100% sound. Except for a spot repair on the nose where a "bra" flapped and chipped the paint several years ago, the paint is the same it was wearing when my friend purchased it. There's no evidence of any kind of sin or shoddy work....and if there was....it would have reared it's head long ago. Panel fit is very nice, especially the doors. While the paint was "show" quality at one time, it's not now. The car looks very nice, but upon careful scrutiny there are chips, nicks, etc. representative of is regular use. The worst is on the right door and the ring of the continental kit.
The chrome is all nice inside and out, as is all the glass.
The interior is nice. The dash is all original and unbutchered, all knobs, controls and switches operate correctly, and the original radio works. The speedometer, tach, and gauges all work correctly, but the original clock is inoperable. Look on the bright side....no matter where you set it, it's right twice a day. The speedometer shows 8500 miles which is miles accrued since the restoration of the car. There are a few spots on the door panels and the edges of the seat where the dye on them has worn through, and the rubber heel pad under the driver's feet has partially separated from the carpeting. The power bench seat operates correctly as do all the accessories with the exception of the vacuum wipers. There are some minor tears near the fasteners at the bottom of the convertible top cover behind the seat, and a spot where the convertible top evidently stabbed the seat back both of which can bee seen in this pic.
There is NO HARDTOP and the convertible top is in need of replacement. Note the tears on both sides above the rear of the side windows. In addition, the top will require a new weatherstrip where the frame seals to the tonneau, and one of the latches (on the top frame) directly behind the door is damaged. However, the top is weathertight enough to ship the car and use it.....but I wouldn't suggest leaving it in the weather indefinitely.
The engine starts and runs extremely nicely, no smoke, noises or leaks other than minor seeping at the rear of the valve covers. Everything under the hood appears to be "correct" except for the air cleaner lid which is painted instead of chrome.
The transmission operates equally well with no slipping, lagging, and the shifts are crisp and positive. The generator (12V) is a fairly recent replacement as is the battery. I vaguely remember putting a new starter in in for him a few years ago, too. It is also equipped with a "master disconnect" on the positive battery terminal.
The trunk is equally nice, as is the mat and the original jack and hold-down. Note the included shop manual.
Tires are good. The car is setting on bias-ply BFG 6.70 x 15 "Silvertown" wide w/w tires that I assume are "correct" for the car. Notice the lack of any rust in this view with fender skirt removed, and condition of hubcaps.
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Seller is a licensed and bonded Michigan Vehicle Dealer. Purchaser will recieve a clear Michigan title from the owner's estate with all pertinent paperwork and releases upon payment in full.
Until reserve is met, Seller reserves the right to end auction early, and vehicle is subject to prior sale on location.
Vehicle is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS with NO warranty expressed or implied. FOB Crystal, MI. Insured delivery (on open carrier) available within a 250 mile radius available at $1.75/mi.
Pickup arrangements can be made for Lansing (LAN) or Grand Rapids (GRR), MI airports.
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