Thelma’s owner is moving overseas, and she’s not going along

Pick of the Day is a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible

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Pick of day

“Hi! My name is Thelma…” is how the advertisement for the Pick of the Day begins. The car is a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible and the advertisement, placed with ClassicCars.com by the private seller in Palmyra, Indiana, is creative, allowing “Thelma” to tell her own story.

Obviously, this red T’bird is named Thelma because of a similar car’s role in the iconic 1991 movie Thelma & Louise, staring Geena Davis and Susan Saradon, and a young actor named Brad Pitt.

“I need to find a new owner,” Thelma tells us in the advertisement.

Why?

“My current owner is leaving the country and says ‘I can’t go.’ Hmpff! After all I have done for him. All (the time) he spent inside me, the evenings we had together. Use me for 10 years, and then sell me.”

Thelma notes that she is one of 5,049 Thunderbird convertibles produced by Ford for the 1966 model year. She was ordered through Ford’s Philadelphia regional office.

She’s been well-traveled. 

“At some point, I ended up in Alaska. From there, I went to Caldwell, Idaho,” where her original burgundy color was changed to bright red. She has been in southern Indiana since 2009.

In the summer of 2013, on her way home from a car show, “a deer and I tried to occupy the same place and time. Deer died. I did however, have some body modifications — and not for the better.

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“My insurance was Hagerty and they selected a very competent repair facility.” In addition to front-end work, Thelma got a new windshield “and some other repairs that a girl of my age needed.”

“I am not a garage queen. I am out quite a bit in nice weather.”

Thelma has a power-operating top, 390cid V8 “rebuilt .0030 over,” and with hardened valve seats for unleaded fuel,” Cruis-O-Matic transmission, removable tonneau cover, power windows (including vents), power locks, 6-way power seats, fully reclining passenger’s seat, power steering and brakes, slide-away steering wheel, Highway Pilot cruise control, updated audio system, sequential turn signals, wire wheels, and more.

Thelma’s asking price is $37,500. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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.

13 COMMENTS

    • looking at the picture of the motor i do not see the a/c compressor so it does not have a/c. i had a 67 with the 428 motor and factory a/c. i sold it stupidly for 650 dollars to a guy i thought would cherish it. He flipped it for 9g. “Stupid is,Stupid does”-Forrest Gump

  1. What a shame that you’re not taking Thelma along with you. It’s so easy to send a Car anywhere in the world and really not that expensive to do so. If you’re going to need a car wherever it is that you’re going you may as well take her along rather than abandon her to unknown caretakers

    • Rod, I looked into having both sent (also have 1967 Olds 442) to us in South America. Fuel quality, cost and road conditions are not the best. Not to mention the availability of replacement parts.

  2. Sweetheart of the second coolest style of ‘Bird (imo; always liked the rocketsled early ’60’s of the previous gen better), and the color change suits admirably. The padding on the top of the tonneau cover disturbs me for some reason. I’d never use it anyway; this is a ride to share with all seats full. Hope seller gets his price (whatever it is- didn’t see a listing).

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