There are some puzzling things about this 1965 Ford Thunderbird that is now apparently owned by a pawn shop in Alexander City, Alabama. The pattern of discoloration and deterioration on the body is just odd and the seller is telling us very little of the back story despite claiming to have purchased the car from the original owner. It’s listed for sale here on eBay with no reserve and the opening bid set at $1,000.
The seller tells us that the car “has not even been outside in the weather in years”, yet there’s obvious dirt stains all over the right side of the car, leaf debris in the trunk lip, and other signs of the car having spent time outdoors. In case you are wondering, the missing right front wheel cover is inside the car; you have to wonder why the seller didn’t bother to put it back on though and at least hose the car down!
There’s more dirt on the rear window and deck, it even had me wondering at the beginning if the car had been in a flood! The dirt notwithstanding, the clean lines of the boat-like ‘Bird still show through and to me are one of the most stylish shapes of the 60’s. As a 1965 model, this one is in the middle of the series. The bumpers look straight, but are so dirty it’s hard to determine the condition of the chrome underneath.
What we can tell by looking closely is that someone will have some rust abatement to pursue. I’m afraid that if you subjected that rear fender to media blasting, some of it would blow completely through the metal, although only an in-person inspection could tell for sure. Even if this is the original paint, I don’t think it’s worth preserving, although some of you may disagree, and there’s a lot of micro-cracking evident in the close up shots.
The interior is one of the places this design really shines for me. I love the dash with the separate nacelles for the minor gauges, and the dash appears intact from this view. Ah, the joy of crank-out real vent windows,
swiveling seats and a push-away steering wheel! Overall, the interior looks better than the outside of the car.
The seller does tell us it’s a 390 V8 with a four-barrel carburetor; here’s hoping it’s the original one. I’m guessing ease of squirting starting fluid is why the air cleaner isn’t present; I hope it hasn’t been lost for good. Consider the price, though; if this one stays somewhere close to the opening bid amount it could very well be a bargain. If I were interested, the first thing I’d do is inquire with the seller about its running condition. How about you?