As the proud owner of a ‘64 hardtop, I had to chime in here. I’m very pleased to see so many others respectfully disagreeing with this article’s message. I guarantee you, my white ‘64 and my brother’s black ‘64 get more looks, hoots and hollers rolling down the road than any common muscle car, tri-five Chevy or Corvette. I’ve been stopped by countless people who want to admire the car and tell me a story from their childhood about how their dad or someone they knew had one of these rad Thunderbirds. And of course they want to see the tilt away wheel! Cars are all about the emotions we have and I’ve quickly learned these ‘birds hold a special place in many people’s hearts.
The styling of the flair bird is amazing. It mixes high class, jet-age wonder and mid-century clean lines perfectly. I don’t care what Hagerty says about value. Value doesn’t mean anything when a car makes you smile every time you drive it.
I won’t lie and say these cars don’t have drawbacks. They are big, heavy luxury cars. Parts are expensive. The shock towers and unibody construction make modifications difficult.
But none of that matters when I’m driving it.
America loved this car too! The ‘64 had the second highest production number of any year Thunderbird. Eclipsing 90,000 units!
Also, they need to stop comparing the little bird to the Corvette. They were in different market sectors. The fact that they were both front engine, rear wheel drive, two door, two seaters is about it. The Thunderbird was marketed to the person who wanted style and refinement; a gentlemen’s car. The Corvette was a race car that finally made it to the street.