1963 Ford Thunderbird 2 Door Convertible

Stock #B830
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Benicia
Showroom
65,311
Mileage
Convertible
Body Style
Automatic
Transmission
cylinders 390 C.I. V8
Engine
··· 135021
VIN
Not Specified
Exterior
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Interior
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One of the finest \"Bullet Birds\" around, 1 of only 2000 Limited Edition \"Principality of Monaco\" Landau Models, This one is serial #76, Gorgeous Color Combo, Drives Like New, Factory Manual, Excellent Throughout! This is one of those odd, Limited Edition Automobiles that only a crazed Ford Nut or Thunderbird Aficionado might be aware Ford ever even offered on the marketplace. Only 2,000 of these unique cars were built. Introduced, in the Spring of 1963 ( Ford traditionally introduces new models in September), they instantly became known, by popular showroom vernacular, as the \"Princess Monaco T-Bird\". Like the actual Movie Star, who met Prince Ranier the same year that the Thunderbird was born (1955), everyone in America was aware of this new Beautiful, Graceful Automobile offered by Ford Motor Company. Grace Kelly, who starred in a string of box-office hits (High Noon, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and Country Girl ) was critically acclaimed, and even won an Oscar for Best Actress. A Real Life Fairy Tale come true... this stunning actress married the Prince of Monaco in Monte Carlo April 1956. It was touted by the Press worldwide as \" The Wedding of the Century\". It was her ( or Ford\'s?) good fortune to be immediately associated with this great car. Ford, in their infinite wisdom, dedicated this car \" to the same style, grace, serene beauty, yet smoldering performance\" befitting any Prince or Princess that chose (to \"pony up for the bucks\") and get behind the wheel. History claims that Ford even gave one of the Limited Edition Bird\'s to Prince Ranier himself. Back then, when this car was introduced, dealers couldn\'t fill the orders fast enough. As it turns out, Ford built 42,806 \'Standard\' Thunderbird Coupes in 1963, however, only 14,139 had the optional Landau Coupe body with the 63B nomenclature on the Trim Tag. Of those, only 2,000 were the Special Edition Principality of Monaco Thunderbirds. Despite what the Krause Publication Ford Catalog states: each were built in Corinthian White (not, \"only w/ Maroon Exterior\") and had White Leather or Vinyl Bucket Seats, White Steering Wheel, and Dark Rose Colored Long Grain Vinyl Tops. Each carried Special \"Knock-Off\" Spinner Hubcaps ( they didn\'t actually \'knock-off\'), Gold Piping on the Seats, Gold Inserts on the Hubcaps and the Rim of the Steering Wheel. Plus, each car featured the \"S\" Landau Bar on the side of the Hardtop, a Special Badge emblazzoned with the Crest of Monaco on the dash with number built (1 to 2,000). They also were accented with Simulated Rosewood Accents on the Dash and Door panels (instead of Walnut or Ribbed Metal of the Convertible). This special model cost an amazing $200 more than the \'regular\', standard issue Bird and had a base price of $4,748. The \'63 Birds all came Standard with a single exhaust 390/300 horse \"Z\" Code V8 but, a few were equipped with the \"Thunderbird Special\"; dual exhaust \', and larger Holley Carb which produced 330 h.p. (also trim stamped \'Z\' Code).There are several different versions of fact but, some books even claim a \"M\" Code 390 /340 h.p. version available with Triple Carburetion for the Monaco however, the majority of the publications state this motor was only available on the 76B Series Thunderbird Sports Roadster.

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Benicia
Showroom
5200 Gateway Plaza Drive
Benicia, CA 94510
707-748-4000
Benicia
Showroom
5200 Gateway Plaza Drive
Benicia, CA 94510
707-748-4000