1970 Ford Thunderbird

Since 1967 the Thunderbird was in its fifth generation. There were a few changes this year (although it was mostly a carry-over year), with the most noticeable being the beak-like shape protruding from the front of this 1970 Ford Thunderbird 2-Door Hardtop.

The bumper and grille blends in such a way that the bumper is barely visible, the windshield wipers are also hidden both adding to the car’s clean lines.

At the rear is Thunderbird’s full-width taillights that incorporate sequential turn signals.

1970 Ford Thunderbird Rear view
Rear view showing the full panel taillights

1970 2-door Thunderbirds have a wheelbase of 115″, overall length of 212.5″ and are 78″ wide.

The wraparound rear seats are a distinctive Thunderbird feature.

1970 Ford Thunderbird rear seats
Distinctive Thunderbird rear seats

You can see the white vinyl interior with optional bucket seats with center console and teak-tones appliques on the instrument panel.

1970 Ford Thunderbird Interior / Dash
Bucket seats with center console

The standard engine for the T-Bird in 1970 was the mighty 429 cubic inch Cobra engine with 4-barrel carburetor producing 360 horsepower. Paired with the Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission it made for a smooth drive with plenty of power.

1970 Ford 429 Cobra V8 Engine
429 Cobra V8 Engine

As well as the large V8 and automatic transmission being standard, power brakes (and front discs) and power steering were also offered as part of the basic package.

Ford sold 5,116 Thunderbird 2-door Hardtops for the 1970 model year at a base price of $4,961.  Most of the sales went to the 2-door Landau selling nearly 70,000 cars, making the standard 2-door Hardtop quite a rare car.

This particular car was also fitted with air conditioning at the factory – a $427 option.  Other optional goodies include: power windows ($110), powered drivers seat ($99), AM/FM Stereo ($150), Front bucket seats together with console ($150) and tilt steering wheel ($52).

For the first 40 years of its life this car was owned by the same family. The original owner gave it to their son who clearly cared for it as much as his parents. And, even today, there are just 69,000 miles on the odometer.