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Rides from the Readers: 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Today’s featured car is a 1962 Ford Thunderbird . Known as the "Roundbird" generation, these restyled cars represent the third generation of Ford's grand tourer. Upon its arrival, base engine displacement grew from 354 cubic inches to 390, with an optional (and rare) M-code 390 that boasted three Holley two-barrel carburetors and was available from 1962–63. These two years also heralded a landau hard top with a standard vinyl roof and a smattering of (fake) walnut inside, plus a Sports Roadster that masked the back seat with a tonneau cover.


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Spent a good part of last weekend doing little fixes on my Bullet Bird (another moniker for the generation). Nice lookin' '62, Thomas. Mine's also a hardtop, but with the optional chrome trim running along that side body line.

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