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30 July 2016

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Lot 108

1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

  • Chassis no. 6Y85Z131806

Sold for $24,750


315 bhp, 390 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with single four-barrel Holley carburetor, three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and hydraulically assisted front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.

  • The fabulous “Flair Bird”
  • The last year of Thunderbird convertibles until 2002
  • Equipped with the desirable “Sports Roadster” tonneau cover
  • A wonderful summer cruiser


Enthusiasts have given affectionate nicknames to each generation of the Ford Thunderbird. The 1961–1963 model, known as the “Bullet Bird,” was succeeded by the fourth-generation model. With completely revised exterior styling, including a lengthened hoodline and shortened, more formal roofline, and a more muscular yet flamboyant overall appearance, it was quickly dubbed the “Flair Bird,” a moniker that has stuck to the present day.

Some of the innovations for the new Thunderbird were delayed, and they only reached production in 1965. Most notably, front disc brakes became standard for 1965, and the dramatic sequential rear turn signals were delayed in certain states. For 1966, the final year of the Flair Bird, styling was again dramatically revised and decidedly sportier, with the front end carrying a large Thunderbird emblem and a steeply raked egg-crate grille, while a large single taillight dominated the rear of the car. Thus, the 1966 Thunderbird is the most developed and best of its generation. It is also the most desirable today—especially the convertible, of which 5,048 were built, the last Thunderbird convertibles until 2002.

The Vintage Burgundy car offered here is equipped with a period-correct “roadster tonneau,” which covers the rear seat and converts the model to a two-seater in the style of the 1962–1963 Sports Roadster T-Bird. It also has numerous other desirable features and options, including the six-way power reclining passenger seat, AM/FM radio with rear seat speaker and power antenna, chrome body side moldings, rear fender skirts, and brand new chrome wire wheels. The owner notes that it is a nice driver that has been recently detailed.

An ideal summer cruiser for its new owner, this Thunderbird has great high style and muscular performance—in true Flair Bird tradition!

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more