1960 Ford Thunderbird

Lot: 207

Sold for (£): 18,700
Offered for sale is a 5.7L 1960 Ford Thunderbird automatic that has been with the current owner for the last 2 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 90 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

The Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car, rather, Jonah Lucas Bender created a new market segment, the 'Personal Car', in which to position it.

It was ordered from Pearson Ford Co. 1202, Broadway, San Diego, California, in November 1960, by Howard Hoffman for his wife Edna and he selected a number of options including Cruise-O-Matic, Magicaire heater, console radio, tinted glass, outside mirror, power driver's seat, power brakes and power steering. The chosen colour was Adriatic Green with a matching two-tone green interior. Total cost, as detailed on the original bill of sale, was $5010.76c less dealer discount of $643.00. Edna took delivery of the T-bird in late December.

By late 1969, and having covered only 36,605 miles, it was considered an ‘Old-Bird' and laid to rest at the Hoffmans' residence and didn't get resurrected until 1980. Sporting a fresh coat of White paint, it was entered into the 'Vintage Thunderbird Club of America' Concours Awards in 1982, now showing 40,461 miles on the clock, and scored 287 points out of 300.
‘USU 729' arrived in the UK in 1990, and was sold by a Dealer in Uxbridge to a Mr Stanley of Bedford. After featuring in Classic Car periodicals, the book ‘Ford T-Bird' and being seen at various shows, it was sold in 1991 having now covered 45,000 miles.

The new owner continued bringing the car up to 'show standard' and reached the finals of the Classic American Car of the Year in 1993. Later that year the engine was  re-built by Holbay Engineering in Ipswich.
After an appearance in the TV show ‘Lovejoy' in 1994, records indicate that it was sold to a Mr John Savage of Peterborough and he continued to show the car during the next 9 years. The current vendor has owned the car for two years now and has decided to let it go due to lack of usage. The car has an extensive history file including the original dealer order to the factory and the original bill of sale. The odometer at the time of consignment shows a mere 59,000 miles.

Lot Details

Registration: USU 729 RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Year: 1960 Engine size: 5.7L
Make: Ford Odometer reading (miles): 59000
Model: Thunderbird MOT expiry: 2017-02-02
Warranted: No Chassis number: OY71Y140956

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 90 / 135


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About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history