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Ford Thunderbird (1962)


Ford Thunderbird (1962)

The square lines were abandoned for 1961 in the third-generation Thunderbird, but the car remained as popular as ever, with over 73,000 built in that year alone. The new cigar shape was powered by just the one engine option: the 390 ci (6.4- liter) big-block. It was a heavy engine, but by now the Thunderbird wasn't so much a sportscar as a luxury cruiser. For that same reason, it was softly sprung and hence didn't corner very well, though it was better than initial impressions would lead you to believe, and once at a reasonable speed, the handling turned more neutral. The styling has turned this era T-bird into a classic, and cars like the Sports Roadster shown remain much in demand, partly because of the enclosed tonneau rear. Also available that year was the Coupe, Landau and convertible. The car was restyled in 1964.

Ford Thunderbird (1962) Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (188 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:390 ci (6,390 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:427 lb ft (579 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,471 lb (2,032 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.54 km/I)
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