1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau
For 1964 the Thunderbird was restyled in favor of a more squared off appearance, which was mostly evident when viewing the car from the side or rear. The new model retained a similar grille design with quad headlights and a 113.2″ wheelbase. The new Thunderbird continued to be offered in hardtop, convertible and Landau versions. The 390ci V8 continued as standard fare for the Thunderbird as did the 3-speed automatic. For 1965, sequential turn signals were added along with standard front disc brakes. Even though this was the last year for the 4th generation, 1966 saw revisions for the Thunderbird, a new egg crate grill with a large emblem at the center, a single blade front bumper, and full width taillights. Also added was an optional 428ci V8 engine. This would be the last year for the convertible until the “retro models of 2002-2005.
For consignment this 66 “Flair Bird” a nickname acquired since the “Bullet Bird”, and the “Square Bird” were now old hat designs. Looking more like a high-priced Lincoln than a working man’s Ford, the fourth generation Thunderbird reimagined the brand’s familiar bullet profile with heavy style lines and intricate trim. This car comes with a slew of upgrades and extra parts including but not limited to a new carburetor, new exhaust, a new fuel tank, and a new fuel pump. Other extras are new power window motors, a shop manual, electrical diagram and engine gaskets.
Resprayed in its original Maroon, paint code X, and wearing what appears to be its original Town Landau roof this car is in good condition with only minor rust bubbling on the lower rear quarters. At the front of the car, a ’66-exclusive egg crate grille flows seamlessly into a blade style bumper, which centers petite parking lamps beneath ribbed bezel ‘eyebrow’ headlights that intentionally recall the earlier ‘Square Bird’. Above that grille, a correct, badgeless hood centers a tasteful scoop between classy turn indicators and stainless-trimmed glass that’s capped with a vinyl landau roof. And at the back of those quarters, a wrap-around bumper holds sequential taillights .
.that flank a centrally mounted reverse light with a Thunderbird emblem. Standard T bird hubcaps cover steel wheels and are wrapped in thin whitewall Hankook rubber. Brite work and bumpers as well as badging, appear in nice condition.
Black as was the original, and indeed may be original vinyl buckets in front, and a rear bench in back with a fold down armrest. A jet age inspired center console swoops past the buckets, offers a center glovebox, and the standard 1960’s cigarette setup, then turns to a wood veneer covering, and houses the window controls. As it moves forward it climbs to the dash, housing the temperature controls, and AM/8 Track radio. Up to the top of the dash where it turns to vinyl, are the futuristic wiper and air vent sliding toggles. These are reminiscent of the very same toggles used on the Starship Enterprise when it jumps to warp speed! The ultra-modern speedometer has numbers in squares, and a bar that rolls right as you gain speed. LOOK MA no needle indicator! This is fronted by 4 ball in cup stainless gauges, and the original tilt away steering wheel. A console is in the center of the headliner which is of the smooth buttoned vinyl style.
Standard fare for the 1966 Bird was the rock solid 390ci V8 producing 315hp, and a 3-speed C6 automatic transmission. A 3.00:1 ratio differential is noted, as well as front disc brakes were standard. The engine has the blue painted air cleaner cover, and valve covers. Our consignor states that a new Holley 4bbl carburetor has been installed and the original is included with the purchase. Looking mostly original and unrestored, this engine bay just needs a good detailing and new hood insulation to be up to snuff.
Surface rust is present on the unibody and suspension parts. Factory undercoating is present on the floors and has done a fine job of keeping things solid. Newer dual exhaust is showing from about mid car back and new mufflers are at the end of the system. Power disc brakes are on the front and power drums bring up the rear. Independent coil spring suspension is on the front and leaf springs provide the ride on the rear. All buttoned up and looking good down here.
I slipped behind the swing away column, I think Ford designed this for us rotund gentlemen and twisted the key. It idled smoothly and went into gear and gave me a nice cruise. Here it ran and accelerated well but a few issues cropped up during my drive. Including but not limited to the power windows not functioning as well as the radio not working. All else was good on my drive and came from the test track with a smile.
A respray in the factory color and retaining the mostly original interior this car is one to be had. A smooth runner and the last year of the “Flair Bird” it truly lives up to its name. This iteration lasted a mere 3 years before it underwent a design change. Plenty of extra parts to keep the tinkerer in you sated and a great driver to enjoy day in and day out.
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
87-2 Door Town Landau
Z-390ci V8 4bbl 300hp
139599-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63D-2 Door Hardtop
COLOR X-Maroon Metallic
TRIM 26-Black Vinyl
DATE 28A-January 28th
AXLE 1-Ford 9″ 3.00 Conventional
TRANS 4-C6 3 Speed Automatic
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