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RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

October 13, 2018

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Waited around for a while to see if the owner of this 1962 Ford Thunderbird was going to come out of the home improvement store and bungee-cord a few sheets of plywood onto the car’s roof. Eventually had to leave before ever finding out. This was the second year for the T-Bird’s new pointed-front-end look. Sales were up over the ’61 models, but would drop a bit for 1963. All ’62 ‘Birds were equipped with Ford’s 390 cu.in. V-8. Standard horsepower was 300, but buyers could opt for a 340 hp version. Three models were available: a hardtop (like today’s RealRide); a convertible; and a Landau hardtop with a vinyl top and chrome s-bars on the C-pillars. There was also a limited-edition Sports Roadster, which was a convertible equipped with a fiberglass tonneau that covered the rear passenger compartment — turning the car into one l-o-n-g two-seater. The Sports Roadster also came standard with the 14-inch wire wheels wearing simulated knock-offs that you see here. This silver hardtop was seen a couple of weeks back in Amherst.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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