AJ’s Car of the Day: 1969 Ford Thunderbird 2-Door

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1969 Ford Thunderbird 2-Door

Car: Ford Thunderbird 2-Door

Year: 1969

What makes it special: For the 1967 through 1971 model years, the fifth-generation Thunderbird was larger, but still a personal luxury car produced by Ford. The styling had been updated twice during this period.

What made it famous: The Thunderbird now sported a fish mouth front grille with hidden headlights, the sides were of a fuselage type with a coke-bottle beltline after the rear windows. It now featured larger c-pillars, and had sequential turn signals. The 360hp, 429 big-block V8 was introduced the previous year, and had wedge-style heads giving the car more power.

Why I would want one: You don’t see many around, especially in two-door models.

Fun fact: Lincoln’s 1969 Continental Mark III was based on the 4-door version of Ford’s Thunderbird.