AJ's Car of the Day: 1964 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop

Car: Ford Thunderbird

Year: 1964

What makes it special: It's the fourth generation of Ford's Thunderbird model.

What made it famous: It was restyled from the previous year, leaning towards a more "square-ish" design. It continued to be offered in a Hardtop, Convertible, and Landau version. 

Why I would want one:  It had a 300hp, 390 FE V8 engine topped by a Holley 4-barrel carburetor as standard equipment, and was mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. The optional high performance 390 had two Holley's on top.

Fun fact: Part of a quote from Motor Trend Magazine regarding the 1964 Ford Thunderbird and female drivers: "One additional item that should accompany milady when she drives her Thunderbird downtown for a shopping spree is an auto club membership. Should a tire go flat, few women would be able to wrestle the heavy spare wheel and tire out of its high resting place or over the trunk's high lip."

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