Featured Thunderbird for August 1999

1963 Thunderbird

1963 Hardtop, Exterior: Raven Black, Interior: Red Vinyl
Owner: Robert Ennis, Aiken, South Carolina USA

My first car was a 1950 Ford convertible. It began my love of Ford Cars through the years. I've owned many , both hardtops and convertibles. The Crown Victoria and the 1956 Tbird were always favorites of mine and I hoped to buy one or the other.

About 35 years later I started my quest to find a mid 1950's Ford, but the price was just out of my range. At this time I read an article about the 1961 to 1963 Thunderbirds. It said that they were starting to get notice and were still affordable. I remembered driving a 1962 convertible when it was brand new and I enjoyed the experience. So I started my quest to find one of these aero-birds. After some misadventures looking at some real clunkers, I found my dream car in Bridgewater, CT in April of 1990. The minute I saw it, I knew it was mine. My wife said, I could at least wait until I stopped the car I was driving and got out to really look at it. Needless to say, I bought this car on site and have since brought it to SC with me after I retired.

This is an all original 1963 with the 390 V8 and 52,000 original miles. It has power windows, factory air conditioning and the AM/FM radio with front and rear speakers. I have cleaned this car and done some major detailing like paintintg the valve covers and the carburetor air cleaner the original gold color. I replaced the cover on the drivers seat which was badly cracked. The rest of the seats looked like they were never sat in and just needed a little cleaning. The interior chrome is spotless and the front bumber and grille are likewise. The rear bumber Q's have a little ding which I can live with. From what I can tell, I am the third owner of this bird and I love it.

Bob Ennis

Copyright © 1999 by Robert Ennis


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