Featured Thunderbird for September 1998

1967 Thunderbird Landau

1967 Landau, Exterior: Vintage Burgundy, Interior: Black/Parchment
Owners: Claude Larabie & Margaret Porter, Vancouver, BC Canada

The year was 1967, the World Exposition was being held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and on March 10, at Healy Motors Ltd., in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Nygaard family bought a brand new 1967 T'Bird. This vehicle didn't even get to see the harsh winter weather of Northern Alberta but was moved to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada where it stayed in Mrs. Nygaard's possession until 1991. It was sold to a Mr. Hyslor who thoroughly enjoyed it and also made a stab at restoration for two years.

I purchased the 'Bird from him on July 23, 1993 for the price of $3,000 and it has been in my possession since then. Little restoration is required to this Bird as it was well maintained from the year it rolled off the lot. The vehicle is not completely restored as little parts like chrome pieces, etc. are very hard to come by.

This car came complete with 428 cid engine and full power package, tilt swing-away steering, AM 8 track radio with four speakers, power locks, power driver seat, C6 transmission, power antenna and, the best feature was an Expo 67 sticker on the rear driver's side window in immaculate condition. Being a sticker hater, all stickers were carefully removed but I could not make myself remove this one as it showed the true year the vehicle was built. With 110,000 miles and very little work done on the motor and tranny, this sweet car still purrs like a kitten and powers down the freeway. This vehicle has all original books and every receipt of work done since the first oil change on April 19, 1967.

My T'Bird has never been in any car show, as of the present, but hopefully soon after all the restoration is completed, she will shine with all the others, from the Baby Bird to the Square Bird, the Bullet Bird to the Big Bird, and take its place in the high class of the Totem T-Bird Club of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Claude Larabie

Copyright © 1998 by Claude Larabie


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