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1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD SPORTS ROADSTER

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  • Body Type: Convertible , Sports
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Ext color: Rangoon Red
  • Int color: Black Vinyl

Rangoon Red Exterior

Black Vinyl Interior

Power Black Canvas Top

Nicely Restored in 2002

390 ci. V-8 Engine

Automatic Transmission

Factory Air Conditioning

Detailed Motor Compartment

Tonneau Sport Cover

Bucket Seats

Swing Away Steering Wheel

Power Windows

Power Brakes

Power Steering

48 Spoke Kelsey Hayes Chrome Wire Wheels

 

1962 saw strong production figures of 78,011 (including 9,884 convertibles) and the introduction of the Thunderbird Sports Roadster. The Sports Roadster was a limited production version of the convertible which added 48 spoke Kelsey Hayes designed wire wheels, special badges to the front fenders and a passenger side grab bar to the front dashboard. The most striking addition to the Sports Roadster was a fiberglass tonneau cover which covered the back seat of the car and created a two seater appearance. 1,427 Sports Roadsters were produced in 1962.

The Thunderbird for 1961 introduced several firsts for the automotive market. The most distinctive feature of the 1961 to 1963 Thunderbirds was the highly touted ‘Swing Away’ steering wheel. With the transmission in the park position the steering wheel would slide approximately 18 inches to the right allowing the driver to exit the vehicle easily. Other innovations include a floating rear view mirror. Common on all autos produced today, this feature was first found on 1961 Thunderbirds. Depending on variable options Thunderbirds for 1961 could be purchased with options like air conditioning, power windows, power seats, AM radio, fender skirts and white wall tires. Several standard features, like power steering and power brakes, back up lights and bucket seats were costly options on most other autos.

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