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1960 Ford Thunderbird custom coupe


The custom Thunderbird takes its styling cues from a well-known 1960 custom car
The custom Thunderbird takes its styling cues from a well-known 1960 custom car

“If there was one car crying out for a custom makeover, it’s the Ford Thunderbird of 1958-1961.”

So begins the seller’s lengthy and colorful description of the clean, customized 1960 Ford Thunderbird that serves as our Pick of the Week. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, this ‘Bird is basically stock, but with paint and trim embellishments that draw from a famous custom car built in period.

The workmanship looks clean and impressive
The workmanship looks clean and impressive

With an asking price of $24,995, the coupe seems like a fair deal for a cool classic car with plenty of eyeball that had to cost so much more to create.

The description of the Thunderbird is extensive, so I’ll just let the seller tell the tale with excerpts from the ClassicCars.com advertisement:

“With its many complex shapes and curves, this 1960 Thunderbird was the perfect canvas for a makeover designed to emulate the Larry Watson custom T-Bird that was Hot Rod Magazine’s Car of the Year in 1960. For fans of the old-school customs, this one definitely delivers…”

“Obviously there was a plan here, and with the idea that they were going to create this awesome tribute, there was just no way they could do anything but make it as perfect as possible. As a result, the bodywork has crisp, sharp reflections, the paint is miles deep, and the sharp masking work for the silver accents is so crisp that it almost looks like a separate piece of trim…”

The car is strong and roadworthy, the seller says
The car is strong and roadworthy, the seller says

“The two-tone blue interior is fairly stock and beautifully executed, with stylish bucket seats and button-tufted upholstery that’s the epitome of ’60s cool…”

“Ford’s sturdy and torquey 352-cubic inch V8 makes this big Bird an effortless cruiser and doesn’t need extensive modifications to be entertaining to drive. Tilt the hood forward and you’ll find a rather neatly detailed engine bay with an original air cleaner (and) chrome valve covers…”

“The soft, smooth ride is something we’ll never experience again and the custom dual-exhaust system has a wicked cackle that’s totally in tune with the custom vibe, although the lakes pipes are purely for show…”

“A very cool custom that delivers on the old-school look that’s suddenly very much back in fashion. And underneath, you get a very clean, roadworthy Thunderbird as a bonus…”

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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