1960 Ford Thunderbird

It’s always nice to see one of the squarebirds (1958-1960) – The newly revised shape that marked the addition of a back seat. This change, instigated by Robert McNamara, wasn’t popular with everyone who were sad to see the 2-seater go. However, there is no denying that Ford experienced a massive increase in sales when they went this route.

The Thunderbird had been around since 1955 and this was the best selling year yet with over at 92,798 cars sold during the 1960 model year. The four-passenger T-Bird was doing well.

There weren’t too many changes this year and this was the third and final year the “Square Birds” body would be used. The grille reverted to the small squares design used in 1957 and there were now three taillights per side rather than two.

Rear view of the 1960 Ford Thunderbird with continental kit
Rear view showing 3-per-side taillights

Inside you’ll find a leather interior – an option that was only introduced 2 years earlier and cost a further $106 on the purchase price.

Inside the 1960 Ford Thunderbird - interior shot
Interior

This beautiful T-bird is fitted with a somewhat rare option that was brand new for 1960 – it was Detroit’s first manual sunroof. They were patented by the Golde Company and licensed by Ford and those that are equipped with it have since become known as Golde Top cars. Only 2,526 of these were made and they were short-lived and dropped for the 1961 model year.

This T-bird is fitted with a Golde sunroof option.
View from the sunroof

Power comes from a 352 cubic inch Thunderbird V8 engine with four-barrel carburetor producing 300 horsepower. This is paired with the optional three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.

Original 352 V8 Thunderbird Special from 1960
352 V8 Thunderbird Special

Built in the Wixom Assembly Plant in Michigan it was loaded with great options including; power steering, power brakes, power windows, powered driver’s seat, MagicAire heater / defroster and AM radio.

Some Thunderbird Options Available in 1960.

Option Price
Golde Edition sliding sunroof $212
SelectAire Conditioner $466
Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission $242
4-way power driver’s seat $92
Power windows $102
Power steering $75
Power brakes $43
Seat belts $23

Ford produced 80,938 two-door hardtop Thunderbird cars for the 1960 model year. The base price was $3,755.

This 1960 Thunderbird is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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