1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot Number 530

1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

  • Sold for: £19,800

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LIVE AUCTION: Friday 23rd September | 11.00am BST
  • BODY COLOUR
    Blue
  • DRIVE
    LHD
  • Registration Number
    REG NUMBER
    BDX176B
  • ODOMETER READING
    33000

DESCRIPTION

Built at Ford's Wixom plant in Michigan and completed on 29th February 1964, this early 'Fourth Generation' Thunderbird was finished in Arcadian Blue with a Light Blue metallic crinkle vinyl interior. The car was equipped with 'Cruise-O-Matic' transmission, and options fitted included; power steering, power brakes and windows, radio, remote operation door mirror, rear fender skirts and floor mats. The dramatic power-operated soft top was standard on all convertibles.

For 1964, the exte308/2 is the mostfamous and prolifically raced Hesketh car. With 23 Grand Prix starts, 17 of which weredriven by James Hunt, 308/2 is the last privately entered car to win a Grand Prix withoutcommercial sponsorship. Hesketh Rarnal styling had been somewhat toned down from the earlier cars, however, the new instrumentation was extraordinary and was found behind the 'Swing Away' steering wheel with each piece of driver information being relayed from within its own 'jetcing, founded in 1972, originally competed with little success with Hunt inFormula Three until Lord Hesketh announced that, as the costs were nearly the same, they"might as well lose in Formula One as Three'. Entering Formula One in fighter' style pod, one of the reasons why the '64 cars came to be known as 'Jetbird'.The car comes with a large document file covering work carried out throughout the years and even has its original Ford ID Card.

This is a remarkable m 1973 with a March731 chassis, team engineer and designer Harvey Postlethwaite joined and built the firstHesketh car which debuted in 1974. Based at Hesketh's private Towcester estate near toSilverstone, Hunt and the Hesketh team faotor car and in this outstanding condition with such a low indicated mileage would make an outstanding addition to any collection of period Americana, or could regularly earn its keep with one of the many film companies always in need of 1960's mously arrived at races in luxury cars andhelicopters with Champagne on hand, while Hunt's flamboyant personal life only added tothe intrigue and public support for the "people's' F1 team.Chassis 308/2 replaced the first 308 cconvertibles as background in street scenes.hassis in mid 1974. Using a ground-up design ofHarvey Postlethwaite, chassis 308/2 is based on an aluminium monocoque in a "coke bottle'shape. With the Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 engine and Hewland gearbox, the 485 bhp carfeatures two sidepod-mounted lateral radiators, modified from the nose-mounted position ofhis first chassis, which allowed Postlethwaite to add a nose wing that became the trademarkof this F1-winning number 24 Hesketh.Chassis 308/2 made its debut with James Hunt at the April 1974 Spanish Grand Prix. Huntand 308/2 achieved their first podium at the June Swedish GP in third position behind thewinning Tyrells, followed by two further third places during the season. The team ended upin sixth place in the 1974 constructors' championship, but it was not until the Dutch GrandPrix at Zandvoort on 22 June 1975 that Hesketh Racing scored its first victory. Battlingalongside racing legends including Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx and Jody Scheckter, afterqualifying in third Hunt took advantage of an early change to slick tyres on a fast-dryingtrack, to beat off Niki Lauda's Ferrari and take first place in chassis 308/2. Hunt became thefirst Englishman to win a Grand Prix since Peter Gethin in 1971.Hunt and chassis 308/2 had further success with podiums at the French and AustrianGrands Prix in 1975, with Hunt ending the season fourth in the drivers' standings. Going onto race for McLaren, Hunt won the 1976 F1 World Championship the following year. Chassis308/2 was used for a further season by Guy Edwards and Harald Ertl, before HeskethRacing finally closed its doors in 1978 due to lack of funds, although chassis 308/2 remainedin Lord Hesketh's ownership until 2007.Hunt's son Freddie has driven chassis 308/2 at Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revivalevents, and the car has been campaigned by the current owner within Formula One Historicraces including the Monaco Historic and at the Silverstone Classic.The car is offered in fully prepared race ready condition, with a number of spare parts and accessories, including James' custom made steering wheel. A perfect mount for 1970's GP events with The Masters or at Monaco.

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
530
Make
FORD
Model
THUNDERBIRD
Registration Number
BDX176B
MOT Expiry
28/07/2017
Chassis Number
4Y85Z158370
Body Colour
Blue

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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 Everyday 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

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