Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One More...

In the "cars I've seen around town", I remembered another recent find:


I *think* it's a fourth generation Thunderbird, but I may be mistaken. It's definitely of the late 1960s, early 1970s vintage; it doesn't have the characteristic mid-1970s bloat nor the clean lines of the mid 1960s. It's in tough shape, and I really hope that it's going somewhere to be restored, and not junked.

It's reminiscent of a friend's first car, a 1970 Mercury Cougar with the 351 Cleveland V8. Fresh out of high school, it was his aunt's old car, she gave it to him and he and his dad restored it to near-mint condition (now, granted, this was only the mid 1980s, so it wasn't *that* much of a stretch. Sat six comfortably, passed everything but a gas station...

Man, sometimes I really miss those days...

That is all.

7 comments:

Dave H said...

Man, sometimes I really miss those days...

You and me both. My first car was an eggshell colored '66 Plymouth Belvedere, little brother to the Fury that was the Ohio Highway Patrol's standard cruiser of the time. Between the similar color and body shape, a lot of people thought I was a cop and slowed down when I came up behind them. That made it easier to pass, and the looks on their faces when they realized I wasn't a cop were priceless.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Check the Bumpers. I know it doesn't have the 5 MPH Abominations, which came out in '73. So it could only be a '72 or older.

GreyLocke said...

Yup 72, I had a 75 that I loved except for the bumpers that stuck out what seemed like a foot and got me just under the knees every time. But that 302 with the cruise set, I could drive from St. Louis to Davenport to see my grandmother on 1 tank of gas, (23 gallons) and still have enough left to take my grandmother around town for a few days before having to fill up at 1.09 a gallon.

Daddy Hawk said...

I have to agree with GreyLocke and Bubblehead. I had a '73 with a 460 CI mated with a four barrel carb, and the trunk lid on your example here is not the same. This one still has the vestiges of the late 60s trunk lid but definitely a 70s vintage as it is close in body style to my '73. Good thing gas was less than a dollar when I had mine 'cause gas consumption was measured in gallons per mile.

TOTWTYTR said...

I don't think that there is a lot of restoration value in those cars. I forget what platform they were built on, but it was more badge engineering than anything else.

About it's only real virtue would be that it was pre emissions and pre big bumper.

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