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Single-family Thunderbird was weekend cruiser


The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Ford Thunderbird that is inexpensive, and it comes with treasured family stories.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com by the Jefferson, Wisconsin, dealer offering the car, it originally was purchased by a man who had a company vehicle to drive during the week, so the T’bird was used on weekends and for family vacations.

Those vacations often included pulling a pop-up camping trailer, and the dealer reports that the original owner’s son and son-in-law both have shared fond stories about those vacations.

After the original owner was no longer able to drive, the car was handed down to his son-in-law. Between them, they put less than 80,000 miles on the car.

“This was a special car to their family,” the seller reports. “It is very, very original. It was garage kept. It is not rusty.”

The Thunderbird got all-new sheet metal for the 1977 model year. The car also was nearly a foot shorter than the previous version; Ford said this was done to make the car more “contemporary.”

The seller also reports that the car recently had a tune-up, carburetor rebuild, new exhaust, water pump, fuel tank and tires.

“It performs very well with only the A/C compressor not working. The belt is removed so my guess is the compressor is bad,” the dealer notes.

“I drove it 40 miles and it goes down the road nicely with very little effort. It cruises with freeway traffic thanks to the 2.50 axle Ratio. The 400M engine has plenty of power and the FMX automatic shifts smoothly.”

The car has a V8 engine, automatic transmission, power brakes and steering (and locks, but not windows), cruise and climate controls and remote outside mirrors.

The seller reports that the paint and interior are completely original, and that the vinyl top is “unblemished.”

We’ll have to take the dealer’s word for such things because the advertisement for the car includes only one photograph, and that of the profile of the passenger’s side.

“I enjoyed driving this car. It is big, heavy and very comfortable. It is easy to drive, doesn’t need repairs and is not very expensive. I believe you will enjoy it too.”

Also enjoyable is the vehicle’s asking price — $4,995.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. That 1977 TBird was my favorite car , I had the lite brown as well my best car ever. 351W great motor. Never a problem

  2. This was my first new car. Exact same color. That’s what I paid for it new. It was a great car. And the best-looking T-bird that they had made in years


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