1961 Ford Thunderbird

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Stock #
Engine Size
390 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
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Stock #
Engine Size
390 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic


Highly Restored, Highly Documented, Numbers Matching 390, Automatic, 80 Invested


Vin: 1Y71Z163315

Let us start by saying: this T-bird is probably one of the most heavily documented vehicles we have owned. Originally sold out of Indiana 57 years ago, the previous owner of this T-Bird bought the car out of Adrian, MI back in 2002 from a private owner. From that year until about 2010 he had meticulously (and we mean meticulously) restored the car back to OEM. Over $80k has been put into this car (take a look at the documentation pictures).

The restoration began in 2002 with a list of 66 points of issues needing to be addressed and replaced (again, this you can see point-by-point in the documentation). In 2003 the powertrain was gone through and rebuilt. From 2003 to 2010 little things were added here and there to restore the car back to OEM, similar to the punch list executed back in 2002. However, in 2010 the car was taken to a local shop in Farmington, MI and taken down to bare metal and painted the original, soft powder blue you see today. Next, the shop installed a new interior, which still shows great after the past 8 years of use.

Included in the sale are:

- 1 massive binder full of photos of the car from when the previous owner bought it, all the way through to completion of the


- 1 massive binder of every receipt from every part put into the car is laminated.

Under the hood is a #'s matching 390ci bored .30 over! The 390ci is connected to the #'s matching 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Additionally, this 61' is equipped with power brakes, power steering, and power windows!

Call us today and let VMS park your dream in your drive way!

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390ci V8

- Numbers Matching

- 300 HP 427 ft. lbs.

- Engine # C1AE - 6015G

- Stock Heads

Autolite 4100 4 barrel

- Vacuum Secondaries

- Heat choke

3-Speed Ford-O-Matic Automatic

- Numbers Matching

Trans # C1AP - 7006

Front Suspension: Independent

Rear Suspension: Ladder Bar

Ford 9” 3.00

- Open Differential


- Front- Power Drum

- Rear- Power Drum


- Dual Exhaust

Wheels and Tires

- Front Wheels: Wire 14”

- Rear Wheels: Wire 14”

- Front Tires: BFGoodrich Silvertown Radials 225/70R14

- Rear Tires: BFGoodrich Silvertown Radials 225/70R14


- Tank is New

- Straps are New

- Exhaust in Great Shape

- Parking Brake Hooked Up

- Original Rear End

- U - Joints in Good Condition

- Floor Boards are Solid

- Fluid Hoses in Good Condition

- Ball Joints in Good Condition

- Motor Mounts in Good Shape

- Spot Welds look Great


- Chrome Bumper looks Great

- Hood Lines Up Well

- Paint is Phenomenal

- Doors Operate Nicely

- Tail Lights look Gorgeous

- Doors are Steel

- Trunk Opens Smoothly

- Spare Tire

- Trunk Mat looks Original

- Trunk Floor is Solid

- Functional Trunk Light

- Weather Strip Replaced

- Trunk Jams are Clean


- Door Panel looks Great

- Weather Stripping Replaced

- Functional Interior Light

- Bucket Seats

- Center Console

- Carpet looks Great

- Pedal Pads are Nice

- Gauges look Good

- Horn Works

- Thunder Bird Logo on Radio

- Upholstery looks Amazing

- Head Liner in Good Condition

- Dash Pad in Good Shape

- Chrome looks Amazing

- Gauges Work

- 3 Pack After Market Gauges

- After Market Radio Works

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