This ’86 Thunderbird looks a lot like a ’49 Ford

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A couple of years ago, I was wandering around the massive array of cars offered at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee, Florida, sale and saw a vehicle that appeared to have the nose and tail from a 1949 Ford sedan grafted onto a late-1980s Ford Thunderbird.

The Pick of the Day is another of those vehicles. It’s being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private seller as a 1949 Ford 2-door coupe, but the seller notes quickly in the ad that the front and rear portion of a 1949 Ford has been attached to a 1986 Thunderbird body.

This particular car also has a third, centrally located headlamp that is steering activated, meaning it turns along with the front wheels.

The seller says the car has air shocks, floor shifter, alarm system and chrome accessories. 

“The vehicle is in excellent condition and has always been stored in the garage,” the seller adds.

The car also has done a pair of coast-to-coast “Hot Rod Power Tours.”

“One of the greatest things about having this car was being able to take these kinds of trips, as it is very comfortable, because you’re riding in the ’86 Thunderbird,” the seller concludes.

The car has air conditioning, custom stereo, power brakes and steering, as well as locks, windows and seats. It has an automatic transmission and the engine is said to be running, though the seller doesn’t specific what that engine might be.

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The asking price is $22,000 and the car is located in Auburn, Washington.

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

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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.

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